Reef Network News
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Welcome to the latest edition of Reef Network News where we share updates, opportunities and stories from the Foundation’s project portfolio, our partners and across the broader Reef community. Previous editions and more can be found at our online Reef Community Hub.
The Great Barrier Reef Foundation extends our deepest respect and recognition to all Traditional Owners of the Great Barrier Reef and its Catchments as First Nations Peoples holding the hopes, dreams, traditions and cultures of the Reef.
Reef Trust Partnership Update
Your monthly progress update on the Partnership
Closes Monday 1 November
The Great Barrier Reef Foundation and Reef Traditional Owner governance members are looking for Great Barrier Reef and Catchment Traditional Owner groups who would like to pilot (test) the Integrated Monitoring and Reporting project in their community, using the Strong Peoples-Strong Country framework.
Communities eligible and successful as pilot projects will be supported to identify and employ a part-time Community Research Assistant, collect data, and establish data management, sharing and reporting systems to report on the condition and trends of Traditional Owner heritage in their region, and to tell the story that’s important to them.
More information is available in the EOI guidelines.
Applications must be emailed to email@example.com using the Application Form provided.
Symbol design credit: Leon Designs. This symbol looks at the importance of sharing and storing knowledge for future generations. The symbol has two representations: the first being the literal idea of keeping track of life within the reef (the cycle of life); the second being knowledge from past, present and future working together to care for the reef. The dots represent the importance of the cycle.
Water Quality Early Investments
The Partnership has closed the books on a suite of early investment projects aimed at building or maintaining delivery capacity for the $200.6 million Water Quality component.
Here, we share the impacts achieved by working hand-in-hand with sugar and grazing industry partners to complete 11 projects that benefit landholders and the Reef.
Missed our latest RTP in Focus?
You can catch up on our October edition where we featured the COTS Control component and others in the series anytime at our Reef Community Hub.
Culling crown-of-thorns starfish is one of the most practical tools we currently have to protect the Reef’s corals, and the RTP’s COTS control program is by far the largest-scale intervention program happening right now on the Reef.
Under the RTP, the program is being delivered as a strategic partnership between the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre to control the crown-of-thorns starfish outbreak currently underway on our Reef. In this RTP in Focus join our partners and vessel operators Inloc, Pacific Marine Group and Blue Planet Marine to learn more about the program.
The 4th conference of the Australian Citizen Science Association
Recent events have awoken a nation to the importance of science and the strength of citizens uniting together to achieve a common goal. Between the Australian bushfires and a global pandemic, citizen science has never been more important. Centred around the themes of Celebrate, Communicate, and Co-Create, CitSciOz21 will include keynote speakers Costa Georgiadis, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki AM, Corey Tutt and both the Queensland and Australian Chief Scientists. You'll also hear from RTP citizen science project partners as part of a symposium on Thursday afternoon.
Invitation to Register
Change for a new blue deal between humans and the ocean
Ocean Decade Australia invites ocean leaders and sea-changers to tell their stories – pitch-style – and explore the science of behaviour change and what it takes to make it stick.
Latest Reef News
The Foundation's top news items from across the Reef
This month the largest, most comprehensive report on the status of global coral reef health was released by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN).
It detailed how corals reefs are under relentless stress from warming caused by climate change and other local pressures such as overfishing, unsustainable coastal development and declining water quality. An irrevocable loss of coral reefs would be catastrophic.
However, the report also found that many of the world’s coral reefs remain resilient and can recover if conditions allow, providing hope for the long-term health of coral reefs if immediate steps are taken to stabilise emissions to curb future warming. It also noted that while the world works to address emissions reduction, finding solutions to help coral reefs adapt and recover from the immediate impacts of climate change - such as through the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program - alongside traditional management and conservation strategies, is critical.
The Leaf to Reef team is on their third trip to Lady Elliot Island this month, to further understand the island’s response to climate change.
As part of the Reef Islands Initiative, the Leaf to Reef team conducts periodic research on Lady Elliot Island to provide insights into some of the ecosystems of the Great Barrier Reef. The team of researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast, the University of Queensland and Southern Cross University use a resilience approach to safe-guard the island’s land and marine environment from the effects of climate change.
The team’s successful trip in June 2021 added to the island’s biodiversity database, where 400 vertebrate species were catalogued and 120 images of manta rays were photo identified, with some manta rays being tagged for tracking.
Dr Emma Camp says our health and wellbeing is inextricably linked to nature and as such, we all have a role to play in protecting critical ecosystems like the Great Barrier Reef.
You know you’re a high achiever when, by the age of 34, you’ve had an international sporting career, worked on coral reefs around the world, addressed the United Nations General Assembly and been shortlisted for one of the most prestigious awards in science.
In fact, Dr Emma Camp – the Future Reefs Deputy Team Leader at the University of Technology Sydney, was a finalist for not one, but two of this year’s Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.
Emma won the Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher for her discovery that certain types of corals are more able to survive in hostile conditions such as warmer, more acidic water.
The Great Reef Census is trialling new ways of targeting and using citizen science to help understand how the system is changing year on year.
The first-ever Great Reef Census in 2020 mobilised people and vessels across the Reef community to capture over 14,000 survey images from the tip of Cape York to the Swains, which were then analysed online by thousands of citizen scientists from over 50 countries.
This year is set to be even bigger!
We’re calling on everyone visiting the Reef between 6 October and 31 December to take part, from divers to tourism crew, recreational fishers and tourists.
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Acknowledgement of Country
The Great Barrier Reef Foundation extends its deepest respect and recognition to all Traditional Owners of the Great Barrier Reef and its Catchments as First Nations Peoples holding the hopes, dreams, traditions and cultures of the Reef.