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Clean Up Straddie!
Join members of the newly established Clean Straddie Working Group to clean up Straddie! We invite the community to join in for a coastal Clean Up Australia Day event at Cabarita Park, Amity Point, N Stradbroke Island on Saturday March 1.
To compliment the clean up efforts, there will be a community screening of the documentary called "Bag It, is your life too plastic?" at the NSI Historical Museum in Dunwich on Friday, February 28 at 7pm. "Bag It" is a fun and educational movie about our plastic addiction and the risks it causes to both the environment and the human health. Join friends and neighbours for a glass of wine and some nibbles before the projection.
Clean Oceans Australia, Friends of Stradbroke Island, Healthy Waterways, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Redland City Council, Reef Check Australia, SEQ Catchments, Sibelco Australia, Tangaroa Blue Foundation, Turtles in Trouble, Wild Mob, Wildcare Straddie, and UQ's UniDive.
Manta Lodge and Scuba Centre, Point Lookout Scuba Charters, Sibelco Australia, Stockland Cleveland, Stradbroke Ferries & Volunteer Marine Rescue Stradbroke Island.
SEQ Survey Season
Our teams are out and about surveying rocky reefs from Noosa to the Gold Coast right now. Visiting more than 20 reef locations, our volunteers are providing critical reef health information about these unique habitats.
This years survey season is made possible by support from the Queensland's Government's Everyone's Environment Grants, Sunshine Coast Council.
A huge thank you to our awesome volunteers who make it all happen, especially our dedicated volunteer Project Officers, Andrew, Candice and Vanessa, who are coordinating surveys, leading teams and reporting on our findings.
Reef Check in the Wild West
In June our team spent almost 2 weeks learning, teaching, surveying, wildlife-spotting, and plotting in Exmouth on the Ningaloo Coast. This trip was our maiden voyage to the West Coast and an opportunity to work with our new partners, stakeholders and volunteers to figure out where Reef Check could go from here. We are feeling incredibly humbled by the support we received to get this new initiative off the ground and continue building the structure for a sustainable Western Australia program.
We trained 9 dedicated and enthusiastic snorkel volunteers and established 5 new long-term monitoring sites on the beautiful fringing reefs around Exmouth. See what we got up to in our online Photo Gallery.
It's just the beginning, so join us for the adventure as we grow the program on the West coast!
This project is supported by Reef Check Australia, through funding from the Australian Government's Caring for our Country.
We would like to say a very big thank you to local supporters including the Western Australia Department of Parks and Wildlife, Cape Conservation Group, Ningaloo Atlas, Ningaloo Ecology Cruises, Exmouth Diving Centre and Ningaloo Reef Dive.
Photo Credit : Alek Nowak (Ningaloo Ecology Cruises)
Great Barrier Reef Survey Season
Since February 2013 our teams have been out and about surveying sites along the Great Barrier Reef. Volunteers will be visiting more than 20 priority reef locations to collect annual monitoring data. Some of these locations have more than a decade of Reef Check monitoring history, helping to document changes in reef health over time on both local, regional and global scales. Stay tuned for the release of the 2013 Season Summary Report!