Charlie Veron, the world's leading expert on coral reefs, has committed to joining a Great Barrier Reef Legacy expedition to determine the health and study the resilience of the remote northern reef ecosystem.
Great Barrier Reef Legacy will launch a 21-day research expedition funded by the tourism industry to undertake the first significant study of the remote northern sections of the Great Barrier Reef. The expedition is offering at least 10 free spaces for scientists to conduct research, will search for the more resilient "super corals", and will assess the damage from the mass bleaching events that have occurred over the past two summers.
An article in Ecotone magazine about Great Barrier Reef Legacy and the threat of climate change to our reefs. Includes an introduction to the research expedition scheduled for November 2017 to find more heat resilient corals with Dr. Charlie Veron. Turn to page 10 for the full article.
Coral bleaching and its effects on tourism industry, including a video of Richard Fitzpatrick from James Cook University explaining coral bleaching.
Another bleaching event is occurring at the Great Barrier Reef, with an explanation on the process of bleaching and the impact of the previous year's bleaching event. John Rumney explains the seriousness and significance of another bleaching event.
Douglas Shire Council's Business Forum, mentioning Dr. Dean Miller and John Rumney from Great Barrier Reef Legacy as high profile speakers. John Rumney received an Australia Day Award as Douglas Citizen of the Year.
Cairns school students are participating in a citizen science project called ReefBlitz, in which they help survey coral diversity, coral cover and collect wildlife data. Mossman school students and members of the Port Douglas community have also joined Great Barrier Reef Legacy marine biologists to participate in ReefBlitz.
The Climate Council's video about the current dangers to the Great Barrier Reef, including comments from Legacy's John Rumney. Watch the full video here.
The launch of Great Barrier Reef Legacy's campaign to involve Leonardo DiCaprio in it's movement to raise funds for an independent research vessel to take scientists and researchers to the Great Barrier Reef.
Simon visits the Great Barrier Reef with John Rumney to see what shape the reef is in. He sees that around 30 per cent of the reef he visits is quite unhealthy. There is potential for the reef to recover but this requires cooler temperatures, which requires us to reduce our use of fossil fuels.
The author investigates first hand the extent of the damage to reefs near Port Douglas inflicted by bleaching, in company with John Rumney and Dean Miller along with the Climate Council's Amanda Mackenzie and Tim Flannery. Details bleaching and the prospects for reef recovery. Government inaction on climate change does not bode well for the future of the Great Barrier Reef.
Invitation to Leonardo DiCaprio to join Great Barrier Reef Legacy and visit the reef himself to see the challenges it is really facing.
Discusses National Geographic's Climate Change documentary, Before the Flood, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio. Great Barrier Reef Legacy's John Rumney invites Leonardo to see the reef for himself.
Great Barrier Reef Legacy's John Rumney takes a film crew to what had been a site he used to take filmmakers to see, for the best examples of vibrant coral colonies with the biggest variety of life and coral structures in many stages. Now it just shows the devastating effects of coral bleaching. Details the death of corals due to coral bleaching. Includes videos showing bleached coral and also rotting coral some time later - an eerie coral graveyard.
Interview with John Rumney in which he discusses the extent of the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, and the need for change in regard to gas emissions in order to save our reefs. Listen to his interview here.
A government review of Australia's marine reserves has seen a large reduction in the Coral Sea's protected areas. John Rumney discusses the extraordinary environment and species to be found at locations such as Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea, and why such places should be protected. Click here to view full episode.
John Rumney and Dean Miller launch Great Barrier Reef Legacy to raise funds for a research vessel to be made available to scientists to monitor the health of the Great Barrier Reef. Click to watch full video on Facebook here.
Feature article on Great Barrier Reef Legacy, why it has been formed and what are its goals. Recognising the Great Barrier Reef is in serious trouble due to climate change, one of the biggest issues for scientists and researchers in studying the reef is access and the prohibitive amount it costs. Great Barrier Reef Legacy's goal is to provide a state of the art self-funded, long-range research vessel providing berths to students and researchers at no cost. A detailed article on the what, how and why of Great Barrier Reef Legacy. Scroll to page 16 for the full article.
John Rumney talks about his history with the Great Barrier Reef and specifically the coral colony called 'The Monolith', an incredibly old and large coral colony. Sadly it is dying due to warming ocean temperatures. Watch the full video here.
Details the distressing outlook for the Great Barrier Reef without urgent action from the Australian Government to address the many issues it faces. Comments from scientists including Professor Charlie Veron and Great Barrier Reef Legacy's John Rumney.
John Rumney tells about the 40 years he has spent living and working on the Great Barrier Reef, initially fishing and then as a charter boat operator. Eventually he started taking scientists and researchers to the reef. From there he learned a lot about the coral and marine life, and started noticing negative changes occurring on the reef. He is keen to do something to save the reef and its marine life before it is too late.
CoralWatch is a citizen science project in which an army of underwater explorers are helping Professor Justin Marshall from the University of Queensland track the damage of bleaching coral. John Rumney stresses the importance of getting tourists involved to do more than just passively observe, so that they connect, spread the word and develop a sense of ownership of the reef. Listen to the full article here.