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Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

posted 14 Nov 2018, 02:08 by Peter Harney
Respected marine scientist, Dr Ian Poiner has recently been appointed as Chair of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.  Dr Poiner was formerly the CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Chair of the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre.

A crucial issue for GBRMPA is to call on the Federal Government to take urgent action on climate change to protect the reef.  A recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change advised that even if we hold global average temperature rise to 1.5 C degrees, we will still risk losing 70-90% of the world’s coral reefs.

As well as sustaining this amazing natural wonder for future generations, the Great Barrier Reef is a source of some 64,000 jobs and generates an estimated $6 billion each year.

We urge Dr Poiner to ensure GBRMPA is a strong regulator, defender and champion of the Reef. To see details of the work of GBRMA go to: http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au 

Sustainable Seafood Guide

If you enjoy seafood but are concerned about overfishing then you may find this new guide to eating seafood in a sustainable way useful.  It is available on: https://www.sustainableseafood.org.au

 
HEATWATCH Research

The Australia Institute have recently released significant research of the effects of increasing heat on people, industries and ecosystems.  The sites they have mapped in Queensland include the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Roma, Gladstone and Rockhampton.  The details are available on their website http://www.tai.org.au
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