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Third Great Barrier Reef bleaching event

Third Great Barrier Reef bleaching event

26 March 2020

The LeaderCheryl Goodenough

Article featuring Terry Hughes, who describes the devestating news of a third mass bleaching event for the Great Barrier Reef. Also featuring GBR Legacy's Managing Director, Dr. Dean Miller, discussing his observations of coral bleaching on Lizard Island earlier this month.

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John Rumney's 35-Year Quest to Save The Reef

John Rumney's 35-Year Quest to Save The Reef

13 January 2020

NewsportKarlie Brady

An inspirational article on GBR Legacy founder, John Rumney, and all that he has achieved during his 35 years of reef conservation.

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World's First Coral Biobank in Port Douglas Key to Reef Survival

World's First Coral Biobank in Port Douglas Key to Reef Survival

17 December 2019

Newsport

Great Barrier Reef Legacy, yesterday announced it will be creating the world’s first Living Coral Biobank Project.

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You could look after a piece of the Great Barrier Reef in your own fish tank

You could look after a piece of the Great Barrier Reef in your own fish tank

17 December 2019

ABC Radio MelbourneAndrew Hansen

With the Great Barrier Reef's coral declining at never before seen rates, you may be wondering what you could do to help. Managing director at the Great Barrier Reef Legacy Dr Dean Miller joins Andrew Hansen to explain how you can assist with the Living Coral Biobank and help conserve a piece of the reef in your own home.

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'Coral ark' bids to save biodiversity as global threats to reefs mount

'Coral ark' bids to save biodiversity as global threats to reefs mount

15 December 2019

The Sydney Morning Herald Emma Hayman and Peter Hannam

Breaking news: Great Barrier Reef Legacy will create the world's first bio-bank of living corals, with ambitions to preserve coral reefs worldwide and make it one of the largest collaborative citizen science and research projects the world has ever seen.

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Salsa Sorensen Association Gives Funding to Five Local Groups

Salsa Sorensen Association Gives Funding to Five Local Groups

10 October 2019

NewsportVictoria Stone-Meadows

This week Great Barrier Reef Legacy received funding from local charity, the Salsa Sorensen Association. Money raised through the Salsa Sorensen Association Charity Golf Day was donated to 5 local organisation, including GBR Legacy, who will use this funding to invest in their virtual reality program, including buying more headsets, in order to engage a wider audience in their education program.

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Partnership Brewing

Partnership Brewing

22 September 2019

Win News CarinsSophie Lester

GBR Legacy team sail from Sydney to Port Douglas on their newly donated 51-foot yacht, arriving in Port Douglas to announce their new partnership with Hemingway's Brewery!

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A Cold Brew to Support Valuable Reef Research and Restoration

A Cold Brew to Support Valuable Reef Research and Restoration

19 September 2019

NewsportStaff Writers

Port Douglas’ own Great Barrier Reef Legacy will be welcomed home by their major fundraising partner, Hemingway’s Brewery, this weekend.

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Queensland Breweries Get Behind the Great Barrier Reef

Queensland Breweries Get Behind the Great Barrier Reef

22 August 2019

Beer & BrewerC Whitting

Hemingway’s Brewery has partnered with GBR Legacy, pledging long term support for their research, education and communication programs by donating 50% of their profits from every can of their tropical ale "7th Heaven" sold.

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GBR Legacy Thankful for Generous Donations and Support

GBR Legacy Thankful for Generous Donations and Support

6 August 2019

NewsportStaff Writers

Great Barrier Reef Legacy have announced their third expedition along the east coast of Australia thanks to the generous donation of a 51-foot yacht by former Olymipan David Forbes and family.

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Citizen Scientists Wanted to Track Local Mangrove Health

Citizen Scientists Wanted to Track Local Mangrove Health

12 July 2019

NewsportVictoria Stone-Meadows

GBR Legacy partners with MangroveWatch to survey Dixons Inlet to monitor the health and growth of mangroves in the local water system

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Donation Allows GBR Legacy to Increase Research Time

Donation Allows GBR Legacy to Increase Research Time

31 May 2019

NewsportVictoria Stone-Meadows

Bauer Compressor Australia donates a portable air compressor that will allow GBR Legacy to refill SCUBA air tanks while they are out on the reef providing flexibility in research, diving and expedition time.

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Experience the Great Barrier Reef Without Getting Wet

Experience the Great Barrier Reef Without Getting Wet

22 May 2019

NewsportVictoria Stone-Meadows

Great Barrier Reef Legacy give students, community members and attendees of Carnivale the chance to experience diving on the reef without getting in the water - all thought their virtual reality experience!

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Great Barrier Reef Legacy Receive Surprise $50K Donation

Great Barrier Reef Legacy Receive Surprise $50K Donation

4 March 2019

NewsportVictoria Stone-Meadows

A surprise $50K donation from Karmagawa, an American philanthropic organisation, will be put towards purchasing a research vessel in order to better monitor and support the Great Barrier Reef. Information is also given on a new documentary filmed by the orginisation which features GBR Legacy.

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Scientists say most diverse coral site ever seen on Great Barrier Reef discovered

Scientists say most diverse coral site ever seen on Great Barrier Reef discovered

7 December 2018

The GuardianLisa Cox

Article on our latest research expedition, Search for Solutions, and the exciting news and implications of finding the most diverse coral site ever recorded on the Great Barrier Reef!

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Scientists Discover 'Most Diverse Coral Site' on Great Barrier Reef

Scientists Discover 'Most Diverse Coral Site' on Great Barrier Reef

7 December 2018

EcoWatchLorraine Chow

Coverage on our encouraging discovery of the most diverse coral site on the Great Barrier Reef by the GBR Legacy team and reef expert Charlie Veron

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Setting sail to save the Great Barrier Reef

Setting sail to save the Great Barrier Reef

21 November 2018

The University of Queensland News

An article by the University of Queensland discussing the importance of GBR Legacy's newest expedition, Search for Solutions, highlighting the citizen science, educational programs and media that are crucial elements of the expedition.

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Corals are animals - and they are dying

Corals are animals - and they are dying

30 October 2018

UnitedLife MagazineDaniela Piršelová

Scroll to page 30 to read an article about Great Barrier Reef Legacy written by a Slovakian magazine all about our first research expedition, Search for the Super Corals!

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Underwater drone reveals important secrets of the Great Barrier Reef

Underwater drone reveals important secrets of the Great Barrier Reef

1 August 2018

Afloat Magazine

Learn more about how GBR Legacy used the Blueye Pioneer, underwater drone, to learn more about new areas of the Great Barrier Reef that have previously been unreachable.

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"Environment is our economy": Tourism wakes up to a reef in peril

"Environment is our economy": Tourism wakes up to a reef in peril

6 July 2018

WA TodayPeter Hannam

Story on recent changes on the Great Barrier Reef due to 2016 and 2017 bleaching events, as well as recognition by the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators that a more public stance on climate change needs to be taken.

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Data for good: Using data to help preserve our world

Data for good: Using data to help preserve our world

19 April 2018

IT BriefBob Yang

An overview of how data is helping to solve problems that will preserve our world, with mention of GBR Legacy and the importance of our findings from the search for the super corals expedition in November

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'Wasteful stunt': Turnbull government accused of doing too little to save reef

'Wasteful stunt': Turnbull government accused of doing too little to save reef

22 January 2018

The Sydney Morning HeraldPeter Hannam

Turnbull government has pledged $60 million to help improve the Great Barrier Reef, with insufficient money going towards the largest threat to the reef: climate change. Read the full article to learn more about the promised pledge and see images provided by GBR Legacy

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Coast academic has a bird's eye view of the reef

Coast academic has a bird's eye view of the reef

6 January 2018

Sunshine Coast Daily

Article on Dr. Javier Leon from the University of the Sunshine Coast, and one of GBR Legacy's researchers on the Super Coral Expedition, describing his observations and excitement on the expedition

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New coral species discovered in endangered Great Barrier Reef

New coral species discovered in endangered Great Barrier Reef

12 December 2017

ABC RadioGeorge Roberts

Radio interview by ABC featuring GBR Legacy's Director John Rumney and Dr. Charlie Veron, announcing the discovery of a new species of coral found during the Super Coral Expedition. Click the link to listen to the full 3 minute interview!

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'Super corals' may offer ailing Great Barrier Reef some 'breathing space'

'Super corals' may offer ailing Great Barrier Reef some 'breathing space'

10 December 2017

The Sydney Morning HeraldPeter Hannam

Updates from the Great Barrier Reef Legacy Super Coral Expedition, including the highlight of the discovery of a new species of coral by Dr. Charlie Veron

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Coral makes rare charter flight

Coral makes rare charter flight

24 November 2017

Australian Institute of Marine Science

Press release by AIMS describing the transportation of the 'super corals' collected during the expedition and flown back to Townsville to the National Sea Simulator to spawn

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Great Barrier Reef: Scientists set sail on 'pivotal' research mission to save coral

Great Barrier Reef: Scientists set sail on 'pivotal' research mission to save coral

17 November 2017

ABC NewsGeorge Roberts

Our Super Corals Expedition has officially begun, beginning a major research mission that aims to save the Great Barrier Reef from further damage!

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Could ‘Super Corals’ be a Game Changer for Great Barrier Reef?

Could ‘Super Corals’ be a Game Changer for Great Barrier Reef?

10 November 2017

NewsportMark Murray

Great article by Newsport about our upcoming super corals expedition, including GBR Legacy's video on the details of the expedition

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Blueye Robotics Launches the Deepest Underwater Explorer Drone in Australia for Consumers and Professionals

Blueye Robotics Launches the Deepest Underwater Explorer Drone in Australia for Consumers and Professionals

9 November 2017

Business Wire

Launch of the new Blueye Robotics Pioneer underwater drone, with special mention of their collaboration GBR Legacy and the use of the drone during the Super Corals Expedition

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Thanks to this Underwater Drone, Australian Scientists are Exploring New Areas of the Great Barrier Reef

Thanks to this Underwater Drone, Australian Scientists are Exploring New Areas of the Great Barrier Reef

9 November 2017

GizmodoRae Johnston

Article on Great Barrier Reef Legacy's partnership with Blueye, and the use of their underwater drone during the Super Corals Expedition

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Hunt for 'super corals' aims to help Great Barrier Reef survive climate change

Hunt for 'super corals' aims to help Great Barrier Reef survive climate change

8 November 2017

The Sydney Morning HeraldPeter Hannam

Further updates on the Super Coral Expedition, with highlights on researchers who will be onboard and comments from our major financial sponsor.

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There's still time to save the Great Barrier Reef from dying

There's still time to save the Great Barrier Reef from dying

20 October 2017

Daniel BoomMichelle Starr

Discussion on efforts to save the Great Barrier Reef, with mention of Great Barrier Reef Legacy. Detailed numbers on climate change, the size of the Great Barrier Reef and why it is important ecologically and economically.

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Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst talks about reuniting with his band mates for their Great Circle world tour

Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst talks about reuniting with his band mates for their Great Circle world tour

14 October 2017

Herald SunKathy McCabe

Article on the reunion tour of Midnight Oil, with special mention of their final leg in Australia including their benefit performance in Cairns for Great Barrier Reef Legacy.

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Midnight Oil Kick off Tour with Musical Protest Against Adani Mine, Damage to the Great Barrier Reef

Midnight Oil Kick off Tour with Musical Protest Against Adani Mine, Damage to the Great Barrier Reef

25 September 2017

News.com.auKathy McCabe

Australian band Midnight Oil to kick off their reunion tour in Cairns as a benefit to the Great Barrier Reef, all proceeds raised from the event will be donated to Great Barrier Reef Legacy.

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"The Godfather of Coral" Joins Reef Research Expedition

"The Godfather of Coral" Joins Reef Research Expedition

11 August 2017

NewsportHoward Salkow

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.

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Tourism Industry Funds Research Trip to Most Damaged Part of Great Barrier Reef

Tourism Industry Funds Research Trip to Most Damaged Part of Great Barrier Reef

10 August 2017

The GuardianMichael Slezak

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.

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Great Barrier Reef Legacy – Science for Solutions

Great Barrier Reef Legacy – Science for Solutions

1 August 2017

CAFNEC

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.

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The Great Barrier Reef: Peril and Hope

The Great Barrier Reef: Peril and Hope

14 April 2017

GEO FranceMathilde Saljougui

French article on the mass bleaching phenomenon on the Great Barrier Reef, its current state, and what can be done to save it.

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Great Barrier Reef Tourism Headed for Tough Times as Coral Bleaching Worsens

Great Barrier Reef Tourism Headed for Tough Times as Coral Bleaching Worsens

19 March 2017

Sydney Morning HeraldPeter Hannam

Coral bleaching and its effects on tourism industry, including a video of Richard Fitzpatrick from James Cook University explaining coral bleaching.

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Alarming New Coral Bleaching Event has Begun at the Great Barrier Reef

Alarming New Coral Bleaching Event has Begun at the Great Barrier Reef

22 February 2017

TruthoutDahr Jamail

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.

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Business Leaders to Dish Up Feast of Ideas at Forum

Business Leaders to Dish Up Feast of Ideas at Forum

17 February 2017

Newsport Howard Salkow

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.

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Trinity Anglican School Students Help Reef Blitz Studies off Cairns

Trinity Anglican School Students Help Reef Blitz Studies off Cairns

30 October 2016

The Cairns PostAlicia Nally

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.

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Revisiting the Reef with The Climate Council

Revisiting the Reef with The Climate Council

13 October 2016

The Climate Council

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.

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Port Douglas Sends Reef Message to Leonardo Dicaprio in Viral Video

Port Douglas Sends Reef Message to Leonardo Dicaprio in Viral Video

9 October 2016

The Cairns PostKimberley Vlasic

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.

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Simon’s Visit to the Reef

Simon’s Visit to the Reef

28 September 2016

Sunrise

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.

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The Great Barrier Reef’s ‘New Normal’ is a Forlorn Sight

The Great Barrier Reef’s ‘New Normal’ is a Forlorn Sight

22 September 2016

Australian GeographicLesley Hughes

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.

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Leonardo DiCaprio: Great Barrier Reef is Being Devastated

Leonardo DiCaprio: Great Barrier Reef is Being Devastated

21 September 2016

National GeographicCassie Crofts

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.

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Legacy want Leonardo Dicaprio to Join Reef Fight in Port Douglas

Legacy want Leonardo Dicaprio to Join Reef Fight in Port Douglas

21 September 2016

NewsportMark Murry

Invitation to Leonardo DiCaprio to join Great Barrier Reef Legacy and visit the reef himself to see the challenges it is really facing.

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‘It’s a Depressing Sight’: Climate Change Unleashes Ghostly Death on Great Barrier Reef

‘It’s a Depressing Sight’: Climate Change Unleashes Ghostly Death on Great Barrier Reef

21 September 2016

The GuardianMichael Slezak

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.

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Worst Bleaching on Reef for 40 Years?

Worst Bleaching on Reef for 40 Years?

20 September 2016

4CAMurray Jones (Presenter)

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.

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Review of Australia’s Marine Reserves Recommends Winding Back Protections

Review of Australia’s Marine Reserves Recommends Winding Back Protections

8 September 2016

ABC Radio NationalRN Breakfast

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.

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Reef Love

Reef Love

1 September 2016

7 News CairnsBrianna Piazza

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.

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From Undersea to Legacy

From Undersea to Legacy

1 September 2016

Port Douglas MagazineMark Murray

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.

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The Monolith

The Monolith

28 August 2016

YoutubeGreat Barrier Reef Legacy

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.

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Great Barrier Reef at Crisis Point as Australia Goes to Polls

Great Barrier Reef at Crisis Point as Australia Goes to Polls

26 June 2016

BuzzFeedSimon Crerar

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.

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The reef was my workplace and I knew so little about it. Then I started asking questions.

The reef was my workplace and I knew so little about it. Then I started asking questions.

7 June 2016

The GuardianJohn 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.

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Citizen Scientists Help Track Coral Bleaching Across Great Barrier Reef

Citizen Scientists Help Track Coral Bleaching Across Great Barrier Reef

11 April 2016

ABC Radio NationalCourtney Wilson

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.

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