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Group photo of ICRI 27th annual general meeting

Teaming up on Reef protection
Experts from over 20 countries joined forces in Cairns for the International Coral Reef Initiative's 27th Annual General Meeting to raise awareness of coral reefs and threats to their future. We organised the meeting on behalf of the Australian Government in partnership with the Belize Government. An interesting range of topics were covered ranging from the lionfish invasion in the Caribbean to a network of marine protected areas in East Asia. Participants were given an insight into our Reef stewardship program with field trips to a Reef Guardian school and Reef Guardian cane farm. (Photo courtesy of ICRI)

Boost to small communities
Small communities from around the globe have secured more than $32,000 in AusAID grants to help protect local coral reefs. Announced at the International Coral Reef Initiative meeting in Cairns, the grants will support a variety of projects like restoring coastal areas in the wake of the 2009 tsunami in Samoa, surveying fishermen in Egypt to help create no-take areas and further work on eradicating the invasive crown-of-thorn starfish in Micronesia.

Local voices on Reef issues
We welcome the Bowen–Burdekin Local Marine Advisory Committee which has been formed in response to increasing development in the region and strong community interest in how the Reef is managed. It is the newest of 12 advisory committees from Cape York to Bundaberg that provide input on local marine issues. Members come from diverse backgrounds including local Traditional Owners, tourism, conservation, fishing, government, farming and ports. Each of these advisory committees have met recently, kicking off a new three-year term. Read more on the Local Marine Advisory Committees.

Three images of students involved in the Future Leaders Eco Challenge. Left to right - image 1 - two primary school students taking soil samples, image 2 - large group of primary school students in the classroom, image 3 - three students in the science lab conducting an experiment
Learning about biodiversity
Townsville, Whitsunday, Mackay, Ingham, Cardwell and Bundaberg students learnt about inshore biodiversity through hands-on environmental workshops, science experiments and field trips during the Future Leaders Eco Challenge. It's part of our Reef Guardian program giving schools across Queensland the chance to come together, share ideas and showcase school and community environmental initiatives.

screen shot of the Fitzroy Basin youtube video
Reef spirit showcased
Visit the GBRMPA YouTube channel to view an inspirational video highlighting what the Fitzroy Basin community in central Queensland is doing to help protect the Reef. This video recognises the community's enthusiasm as Reef stewards and their efforts to boost the Reef's resilience to threats like climate change. You might want to join a local effort in your area!

GBRMPA staff meet with travel buyer at the Australian tourism exchange
High standards on show
We proudly partnered with Ecotourism Australia at the Australian Tourism Exchange to showcase the Reef's High Standard Tourism Operators. Over 700 travel wholesale and retail buyers were there with lots of interest in the environmentally sustainable tourism opportunities available on the Reef.
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? Email

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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