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Reef in Brief - May 2013
Underwater coral and school of fish
Biodiversity Conservation Strategy finalised
A roadmap to protect at-risk plants, animals and habitats of the Great Barrier Reef has been completed. The Biodiversity Conservation Strategy was finalised after public input. A strong focus of the plan is to improve inshore biodiversity where species and habitats are under the greatest pressure.
Information booth at Australian Tourism Exchange
Australian Tourism Exchange
The recent Australian Tourism Exchange in Sydney was a great opportunity for the agency to promote high standard tourism operators. About 65 per cent of tourists to the Great Barrier Reef now make their visit through a high standard operator, showing the efforts these businesses are making to boost their sustainability are paying off.
Reef Guardian fisher billboard
Billboards promote Reef Guardians
Eight billboards have gone up on highways between Cairns and Bundaberg as part of a three-month campaign to highlight the great work being done by Reef Guardians. The billboards feature Reef Guardian fishers, farmers, graziers, schools and councils. They complement four weeks of TV advertising that ended earlier this month.
Group photo of Reef Rescue Award winners
Reef Rescue Awards presented
The inaugural Reef Rescue Awards recognised five farmers and graziers whose work has enhanced water quality outcomes for the Great Barrier Reef and improved farm productivity. The awards were presented at the National Environmental Research Program Tropical Ecosystems Hub and Reef Rescue R&D Conference in Cairns. Photo: Queensland Farmers Federation
Juvenile shark being released
Coastal habitat link to shark numbers
Inshore habitats such as mangroves, seagrass beds, intertidal flats and fringing reefs are critical to healthy shark populations in the Great Barrier Reef. A recently published study reveals blacktip reef sharks use these areas as breeding and pupping grounds, with the young sharks moving offshore and alongshore when they begin to mature. It demonstrates the connectivity between these ecosystems, and between the coast and offshore reefs. Photo: Fede Cardona
Group photo of Master Class particpants at Reef HQ
Climate Change Adaptation Master Class
Fifteen up and coming agricultural leaders visited Townsville recently to hear from local experts about climate change adaptation in north Queensland.  The Master Class is coordinated by the Primary Industries Adaptation Research Network, with support from the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility. The group visited Reef HQ Aquarium to see how it has improved its energy efficiency and reduced its operating costs by 50 per cent.
Underwater coral scene
Belize workshop on biodiversity
GBRMPA recently led a workshop in partnership with the government of Belize that looked at best-practice approaches to biodiversity offsets. Biodiversity offsets are emerging as a key tool for facilitating development without losing biodiversity. The workshop is a flagship project under the Australia–Caribbean Coral Reef Collaboration, which is part of the AusAID program in the Caribbean.
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The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is the Australian Government agency responsible for managing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park so it's protected for the future. Management is guided by Australian Government policies and legislation including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975, as well as through engagement with scientific experts, industry and the community.

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