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Reef in Brief - February 2013
Underwater Reef shot
State Party Report delivered
On 1 February 2013 the Australian Government submitted the State Party Report on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to the World Heritage Committee. In responding to issues raised by the Committee and the joint monitoring mission that visited the Reef in March 2012, the report demonstrates Australia’s progress on a range of work including the Great Barrier Reef strategic assessment.
Future leaders eco challenge Townsville
New school resources for teachers
Schools can now access new science teaching units covering a range of Reef topics for Years 1–10. The units encourage students, teachers and their communities to be stewards of the environment.
Papua New Guinea delegation at Reef HQ Aquarium
World class management on show
Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Environment and Conservation the Hon John Pundari visited the agency to learn about our world class marine park management and undertake a tour of Reef HQ Aquarium. Find out more about how GBRMPA connects with the international marine community.
Wetlands critical to Reef health
Wetlands critical to Reef health
Wetlands play an important role in the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem. Did you know that wetlands have been called ‘the kidneys of the catchment’ as they help filter the water flowing through the catchment to the Great Barrier Reef? Find out more.
Map showing Abbot Point footprint
Public consultation closing soon
Now is the time to have your say on the draft public environment report for the proposed coal export terminal expansion at Abbot Point before the public consultation period closes on 15 February 2013.
Great Barrier Reef tourism operation
Marine Tourism Coordination Framework
The Marine Tourism Coordination Framework for Environmental Incidents has been developed in close consultation with the marine tourism industry to help make sure responses to environmental incidents on the Great Barrier Reef are coordinated and effective.
Thiithar Elder and Traditional Owner Eddie Deemal, teaching children about their Sea Country at Elim Beach
Telling the story of sea country
Check out the Story Place online reference database to learn about the many important connections between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Owners and the Great Barrier Reef Region.
Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centre Reef Guardians
New generation of Reef Guardians
Welcome to our 293rd Reef Guardian School – St Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centre in Townsville. These young Reef Guardians join almost 114,000 students and 7280 teachers all working together today for a healthier Reef tomorrow.
Aerial view of Heart Reef
Tell us why you love the Reef
It time to share why you love the Great Barrier Reef. This Valentine’s Day post your favourite Reef photos and share your experiences about this amazing Australian icon on our Facebook page, You Tube Channel or tweet.
Sharing news from the Reef
Through Reef in Brief, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will provide important news, information and events from across the Great Barrier Reef. Let us know 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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