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World Heritage Committee decides status of Reef
In adopting a draft decision at their recent meeting in Saint Petersburg, the World Heritage Committee acknowledged the management of the Great Barrier Reef  is considered by many to be international best practice. However, the Committee also signalled its concerns about the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, echoing its previously expressed 'extreme concern' about coastal development along the Great Barrier Reef. The Committee did not list the Great Barrier Reef as in-danger, but made a number of recommendations which included a strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef which we are working to deliver in partnership with the Queensland Government. It also requested that Australia 'demonstrate substantial progress' on protecting the World Heritage Area's values and report back to the Committee by 1 February 2013.
Statement by the Australian Environment Minister Hon. Tony Burke
Read about the Monitoring Mission report and the State of Conservation Report

map of overall marine reserves and a map of the proposed coral sea reserve

Strong support for marine reserves
GBRMPA Chairman Russell Reichelt has welcomed Australian Government plans to establish the world's largest network of marine reserves around the Australian coastline.
GBRMPA statement on proposed marine reserves
Final Commonwealth marine reserves network proposal

Strategic Assessment
Last month's UNESCO meeting acknowledged the comprehensive strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area currently being undertaken by the GBRMPA with the Queensland Government. The Terms of Reference are now being finalised and will be released by the Minister shortly.
Find out more about the Strategic Assessment

No anchoring areas protect Keppel Islands
Community-initiated no anchoring areas are helping to protect reefs around the Keppel Islands in the Great Barrier Reef. Recent surveys show that reefs in areas off limits to anchoring had much less physical damage than before the protective measures were put in place.
Find out more about the Keppel Islands stewardship

Experts discussing coral reef management
We've been proud supporters of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium held in Cairns last week. The symposium showcased research findings and generated discussion among world experts on coral reef science, management and conservation.
Photo of children playing in the water infront of mangroves

Photo comp winners
This fabulous shot took out our Sea Country Partnerships Photographic Competition announced as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations. We ran the competition to showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in the Reef. Visit Reef HQ Aquarium, or our website, to see the winning entries.
Photo: 'Fountain of Youth - our waters are also our enjoyment' by Kathi Gibson-Steffensen. 
View winning photo comp entries

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Reef HQ celebrates 25 years
Our much-loved national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef, Reef HQ Aquarium, is celebrating its 25th birthday. Many special activities are taking place to mark this milestone including a new historical display in Reef HQ and a community event that was held in June. Reef HQ Aquarium was the vision of former Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Chairman Dr Graeme Kelleher. His aim was to create an accessible and affordable Reef experience, and promote public support for protecting this great natural wonder.  
Find out more about Reef HQ Aquarium

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New teacher resources
Students can discover the connection between inshore, marine and coastal ecosystems through our just released 2012 Reef Beat education series "Inshore Great Barrier Reef: Busting with Biodiversity" — a great classroom tool with activities designed for Early Years to Year 12.
Access Reef Beat materials
Reef Guardians connect coral and catchment


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New mobile website
We've launched our new mobile website to help smart phone and tablet users access information including zoning, contacts and Reef visitor experiences while on the move.
View the mobile website

Telling news from the Reef
Through Reef in Brief, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will share important news, information and events from across the Great Barrier Reef. We want to hear what issues are important to you - what interests you most about the Reef, and what you want to read about?

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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