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Reef in Brief - November 2013
Reef have your say
It's time to have your say

Have your say on the future management of the Great Barrier Reef by providing comment on the draft strategic assessment of the Reef and it's coastal zone.

You can view copies of the draft reports online or through a number of exhibition locations across the Great Barrier Reef catchment area. We will also be running a series of community information sessions.

For information about the public consultation period including how you can submit your feedback visit The consultation period closes on 31 January 2014.
Ron Taylor
Honouring a Reef pioneer
Renowned shark expert and cinematographer Ron Taylor — whose passion for marine conservation inspired people from around the world — had a reef named in his honour off the coast of Mackay.
Reef fish
Pre-summer Reef checkup

Scientists and marine managers predict near average sea surface temperatures over the next three months which is good news for the Great Barrier Reef and its corals which are prone to bleaching when the temperature heats up.
Reef Guardian Council
Councils gather to support Reef health

Reef Guardian council representatives from across Queensland met in Cairns recently to discuss the importance of restoring coastal habitats to improve the health of the Reef.
Phillip the green sea turtle
Farewell to Phillip

Phillip the green sea turtle has made his way back to the Marine Park after a recovery stint in Reef HQ Aquarium’s turtle hospital. You can track Phillip’s travels on
Illustration of phone app
New research helping to reduce nutrient run-off into the Reef
Dr Bernard Schroeder of Sugar Research Australia received the Fertilizer Industry Snapper Award recognising his efforts in soil and plant nutrition which helps prevent nutrient run-off into local waterways and out to the Reef.
Photo of Cairns coastline
GBRMPA Annual Report out
Our 2012–13 Annual Report and the in brief document showcasing our achievements in 2012–13, are now available to view online.
Diving on the Reef
Going to the Reef these school holidays?

Whether you go camping, boating, snorkelling, diving or fishing, remember to grab a free zoning map so you can enjoy the Reef responsibly.
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Sharing news from the Reef
Through Reef in Brief, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority provides important news, information and events from across the Great Barrier Reef. Please 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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