To be a global leader in marine expeditions, delivering innovative science, education and public engagement to accelerate actions vital to the future survival of coral reefs
A world where the future of rich, diverse and healthy coral reefs is assured
Coral reefs are in crisis and time is no longer on our side.
This is a critical opportunity to step up and make a diference.
We are witnessing coral losses on a scale never seen before.
This situation has global ramifications for one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems and the millions of people whose livelihoods depend on healthy coral reefs.
Climate change is the major, global threat to coral reefs. Its effects add to regional and local impacts from coastal development, poor water quality, crown-of-thorns starfish, fishing and marine debris.
Despite a growing momentum to tackle the challenges facing coral reefs, efforts are not on a scale large enough or at a speed fast enough to halt or reverse declines.
To succeed, we must amplify our reach and accelerate our efforts to dramatically and quickly reduce the global, regional and local pressures driving coral reef declines and build Reef and community resilience.
We need more effective collaborations and better access to coral reefs to improve our understanding of the multiple impacts affecting their survival, develop innovative solutions and trial new technologies and approaches for building resilience and reef restoration.
We also need to improve and redefine the way we inform and engage the public to build hope, inspire leadership, promote stewardship and achieve the behavioural changes needed to secure a brighter future for coral reefs.
The conservation of ecological integrity and biodiversity, together with the principles of inter-generational equity and resilience-based management, lie at the core of our work and guide our actions.
We are committed to collaborative and integrated approaches, working with a wide range of organisations, industries and people, to catalyse efforts and accelerate actions vital to the long-term survival of coral reefs.
Great Barrier Reef Legacy acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the Traditional Owners of the Great Barrier Reef and their strong and continuing connections to country. We pay our respects to the Kuku Yalanji and Yirrganydji Traditional Owners of the Port Douglas region where Great Barrier Reef Legacy is based and the 70 Traditional Owner groups whose sea country extends across the Great Barrier Reef. We pay our respects their elders past and present, and emerging leaders.
Honesty and accountability are core to who we are and how we operate. Our views are evidence-based and founded on the principles of inclusive practice. We take responsibility for our actions, learn from our successes and failures, and are committed to continuous improvement.
We place the highest value on the health, well-being and cultural diversity of our people. We care for our people and support their professional and personal development through ongoing training, sharing knowledge and empowering those we work with.
John Rumney has a passion that is palpable and contagious. He has been the Great Barrier Reef ’s primary ecotourism pioneer, captain and reef expert for more then 35 years. He is a visionary who created and directed the highly respected Undersea Explorer and Eye to Eye Marine Encounters research and tourism operations. These endeavours have supported hundreds of scientific studies, students and international documentaries, as well as raising the standards in terms of wildlife tourism and adventure diving. Having won numerous awards for his excellence in environmental conservation, sitting on countless boards and committees that have paved the way for reef conservation and preservation and being a key spokesperson in many documentaries about the Great Barrier Reef, John Rumney is to the Great Barrier Reef what Sir David Attenborough is to wildlife films. He is highly respected in Australia and has devoted his life and resources to ensuring the Great Barrier Reef remains the worlds greatest coral reef system for generations to come.
Dr Dean Miller is a scientist, multi-media professional, BBC television presenter and an Australian Geographic sponsored explorer. With a PhD in coral reef management and resource allocation and a wealth of scientific experience in the field from Antarctica to the Arctic and everywhere in between, Dean’s scientific research career has been rich and diverse. Having been involved in over 300 ocean expeditions on ships all over the globe, much of Dean’s life has been at sea in some of the most challenging environments known. In addition, Dean has worked tirelessly to position himself at the very top of the multimedia production field. A self taught and accomplished filmmaker, he has shot, produced and presented more than 50 documentaries all over the planet for every major broadcaster including the BBC, ABC, National Geographic, Disney Nature, Foxtel, Red Bull TV and the Discovery Channel. Dean’s work has been narrated by the legendary Sir David Attenborough on many occasions and has been acclaimed for its breathtaking and stunning natural history and cinematic qualities. Dean has also worked with John Rumney on the Undersea Explorer and Eye To Eye Marine Encounters as the marine science coordinator, researcher, dive instructor and cameraman for the past 15 years, and together they have broke new and exciting ground in the fields of ecotourism, research filmmaking and education. With his diverse background and skill set, unlimited energy and drive, Dean is ready to take GBR research, conservation and communication well into the future with GBR Legacy.
Jenna Rumney is an experienced marine biologist with a passion for sharing the wonders of the underwater world. Her focus is on educating and inspiring youth about environmental issues using social media, community presentations and educational web videos. She has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is an experienced project coordinator having worked on numerous remote research expeditions and natural history shoots (e.g. BBC’s Great Barrier Reef series, Walt Disney’s feature film Oceans, Discovery Channel’s Mysteries of the Shark Coast ). Jenna’s business acumen has led her to becoming the owner/operator of two successful ecotourism ventures and the youngest member of the Great Barrier Reef Marathon Board of Directors, an international sporting event that raises funds for James Cook University marine research projects.
Great Barrier Reef Legacy is an innovative leader in collaborative coral reef research expeditions, education, stewardship and multi-media engagement.
A not-for-profit social enterprise, Great Barrier Reef Legacy was created to address the urgent need to secure the long-term survival of the Great Barrier Reef and coral reefs world-wide.
Legacy builds on the experience and models of Undersea Explorer and Eye to Eye Marine Encounters – delivering marine research and tourism expeditions, innovative citizen science, outstanding wildlife encounters and world-class documentaries.
Through public, private and corporate funding, Great Barrier Reef Legacy brings together the best scientific minds, talented educators and communicators and inventive multimedia specialists creating positive and lasting outcomes for our environment.
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