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  • October 19, 2019 | 08:00 AM

    Green Island, Moreton Bay

    Survey Opportunity - Green Island

    Calling all Cairns based RCA Surveyors! We're looking at getting a team out to Green Island on 19th Octber.

    If you'd like to be part of this survey, please email Lauren@reefcheckaustralia.org to confirm your spot!

  • October 19, 2019 | 08:00 AM through October 20, 2019

    Fitzroy Island, Cairns

    Fitzroy Island Clean Up and Survey!

    Reef Check Australia, in partnership with Tangaroa Blue, are running  a ReefClean beach cleanup, underwater cleanup and RCA survey at Fitzroy Island on 19 and 20 October. You can join us for one or both days and either stay dry and help collect marine debris along the beach OR get wet during a dive/snorkel underwater cleanup AND even a RCA survey (if you're trained up)!

    We will be carpooling from Townsville for these events so allow for travel time to Cairns. The only costs to you will be the accommodation/gear (if applicable) and your own food/petrol. These will be great days/weekends out in the ocean.

     

    Cleanup snorkeller requirements:
    Medical Fitness: Currently fit and healthy to snorkel

    Cleanup diver requirements:
    Competency: AOW diver and 18yo+
    Experience: 25 logged dives (one within last 12 months)
    Medical Fitness: Currently fit and healthy to dive

    RCA survey diver requirements:
    Training: Completed the RCA surveyor course
    Competency: PADI AQF Rescue Diver (or above)
    Experience: 30 logged dives
    Medical Fitness: A current Occupational Dive Medical AS2299.

    Send us a message at Jenni@reefcheckaustralia.org if you'd like join!

     

    The ReefClean project  runs from October 2018 – June 2023 and is funded by the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and delivered by Tangaroa Blue Foundation and a number of partner organisations including Reef Check Australia
  • October 22, 2019 | 06:00 PM

    The Bearded Lady 138 Boundary St, West End, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4101

    Coast to Coral Brisbane:Volunteer Marine Research in Belize

    Join Reef Check Australia and friends at The Bearded Lady for an evening of discovery, inspiration and appreciation of our local marine, coastal and catchment environments.

    This month we'll hear from Jodi Burley, a long time volunteer for Australian conservation NGOs.

    Jodi will share her international volunteering experience with us, after taking a step outside her comfort zone to experience a foreign culture in the remote area Sarteneja and Bacala Chico Marine Reserve, Belize in Central America.

    She will share her experiences and brilliant photos of a section of the reef and coast of Belize only accessible to research scientists. She will also explain the great work NGOs and Belizean governments are doing working together to rebuild depleted fish stocks, save injured manatees, and sustain community wellness and the local economy.

    About the speaker:

    Jodi works in the compliance sector in environmental and waste management, and sustainability project work. Most recently in volunteering roles she has worked with Dolphin Research Australia, assisting them with dolphin surveys and running school programs on marine mammal education and the impacts like plastic pollution and climate change. She is also an RCA Reef Ambassador. She is passionate about volunteering in a research capacity because the information is critical for the health and survival of marine creatures and the environment.


    18:00 Bar opens

    18:30 Grab a seat (they go fast!)

    18:45 Talk kicks off

    19:30 Pizza and good sea-minded conversation

    Entry is $3 (which gets you pizza at the end).

    As the venue is a bar, under-18s are most welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. And a 5 year gap is necessary, ie. 17-yr-old cannot be accompanied by an 18-yr-old.

    For more information contact Reef Check Australia: ambassadors@reefcheckaustralia.org.

    This initiative is hosted by Reef Check Australia, and proudly supported by Queensland Government Community Sustainability Action Grants, with amazing in-kind support from The Bearded Lady.


  • November 09, 2019 | 07:30 AM through November 10, 2019

    Tipplers Licensed Cafe South Stradbroke Island, Gold Coast, Queensland 4216

    South Straddie Cleanup 2019

    Join Reef Check Australia and friends at the 3rd Annual South Straddie clean-up! 

    Bring your friends, family, surfboards, instruments and camping gear for a massive clean up effort, educational activities, presentations, BBQ's, music, prizes and more!

    WHERE: Tipplers Campground, South Stradbroke Island.

    WHEN: Saturday 9th November @ 7:30am (meeting at Mariners Cove Marina, GC for departure) to Sunday 10th November @ 3pm (arriving back to Mariners Cove Marina from Straddie).

    COST: $25 per person (incl. camp grounds, raffle, vegetarian BBQ & ferry transfers) with all proceeds going back to Positive Change for Marine Life, Surfrider Foundation and Reef Check Australia.
    Hosted by Cleanwater Group, check out the Facebook event page to find out more and book your ticket!
  • November 12, 2019 | 06:15 PM

    Underwater World Sealife - Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast

    Coast to Coral Sunshine Coast: Blue Carbon

    Our Coast to Coral Community Lecture series is back for 2019! Come and join Reef Check Australia and friends at Underwater World Sealife - Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Australia for an evening of discovery, inspiration and appreciation of our local marine, coastal and catchment environments. Each month we have a new, interesting and engaging speaker.

    This month we will hear from Professor Catherine Lovelock from the University of Queensland.

    Catherine is Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Queensland. Her research focuses on climate change and its impacts on coastal plant communities as well as the role of coastal wetlands in climate change mitigation or Blue Carbon. She is a member of the International Scientific Blue Carbon Working Group of The Blue Carbon Initiative. She leads projects in Australia and internationally focused on climate change adaptation, carbon sequestration and restoration of mangroves. She is lead author for the Wetlands chapter for the 2019 refinement of the IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.

    About the Talk: Blue carbon – achieving the triple bottom line by conserving and restoring coastal ecosystems

    Mangroves, saltmarshes and seagrass have high levels of organic carbon, called Blue Carbon, in their soils and biomass. This capacity to accumulate and store carbon over time is important for capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, thereby mitigating climate change. This talk will explain how conserving and restoring coastal wetlands can provide a wide range of benefits for coastal communities and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as helping mitigate climate change and generating new income streams for land-holders in Queensland and globally.

    The talk will be held in the Seal Stadium at SEALIFE Mooloolaba, on Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba. Doors open at 6:15 pm for a 6:30 pm start. Stay after the event for a discussion with the presenter and other attendees and enjoy a pizza-rific snack.

    6:15: Grab a seat
    6:30: Talk kicks-off
    7:15: Pizza & good sea-minded conversation!

    Entry is $2 (which gets you pizza at the end).

    For more information contact ambassadors@reefcheckaustralia.org.

    This initiative is hosted by Reef Check Australia, and proudly supported by Sunshine Coast Council's Environment Levy partnerships grant and the June Canavan Foundation with amazing in-kind support from SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast.

  • November 13, 2019 | 06:00 PM

    Karma Collab Hub, 47 Lemana Lane, Miami

    Coast to Coral Gold Coast: Get the Reef Lowdown!

    Our Coast to Coral Community Lecture series is back for 2019! Come and join Reef Check Australia at Karma Collab Hub, for an evening of discovery, inspiration and appreciation of our local marine, coastal and catchment environments. Each month we have a new, interesting and engaging speaker.

    This month we'll hear from Jaime Kruusmaa, Gold Coast Coordinator for Reef Check Australia.

    Come along as Jaime gives the lowdown on the newly released 2019/20 South East Queensland Season report card. She'll be discussing the efforts that RCA SEQ citizen scientists have made in collecting reef health data along the Gold Coast and wider SEQ region, and share findings about the amazing, yet little known reef structures found at our front doorstep, and the ways that EVERYONE can get involved in better understanding and protecting their local reef resources.

    The talk will be held at Karma Collab Hub, 47 Lemana Lane, Miami. Doors open at 6:15 pm for a 6:30 pm start. Stay after the event for a discussion with the presenter and other attendees and enjoy a pizza-rific snack.

    6pm: Event opens
    6:30: Grab a seat (will go fast!)
    6:45: Talk kicks-off
    7:30: Pizza & good conversation!

    Entry is $3 (which gets you pizza at the end).

    For more information contact jaime@reefcheckaustralia.org.

    This initiative is hosted by Reef Check Australia, and proudly supported by City of Gold Coast, with amazing in-kind support from Karma Collab Hub.

  • November 23, 2019 | 08:00 AM through November 24, 2019

    Magnetic Island, Townsville

    Magnetic Island Clean Up and Survey!

    Reef Check Australia, in partnership with Tangaroa Blue, are running  a ReefClean beach cleanup, underwater cleanup and RCA survey at Magnetic Island on 23 and 24 November. You can join us for one or both days and either stay dry and help collect marine debris along the beach OR get wet during a dive/snorkel underwater cleanup AND even a RCA survey (if you're trained up)!

    We will be carpooling from Townsville for these events so allow for travel time. The only costs to you will be the accommodation/gear (if applicable) and your own food/petrol. These will be great days/weekends out in the ocean.

    Cleanup snorkeller requirements:
    Medical Fitness: Currently fit and healthy to snorkel

    Cleanup diver requirements:
    Competency: AOW diver and 18yo+
    Experience: 25 logged dives (one within last 12 months)
    Medical Fitness: Currently fit and healthy to dive

    RCA survey diver requirements:
    Training: Completed the RCA surveyor course
    Competency: PADI AQF Rescue Diver (or above)
    Experience: 30 logged dives
    Medical Fitness: A current Occupational Dive Medical AS2299.

    Send us a message at Jenni@reefcheckaustralia.org if you'd like join!

     

    The ReefClean project  runs from October 2018 – June 2023 and is funded by the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and delivered by Tangaroa Blue Foundation and a number of partner organisations including Reef Check Australia
  • November 30, 2019 | 08:00 AM

    Wavebreak and Narrowneck, Moreton Bay

    Wavebreak and Narrowneck Survey

    Calling all Brisbane based RCA Surveyors! We're looking at getting a team out to Wavebreak and Narrowneck on 30th November.

    If you'd like to be part of this survey, please email Lauren@reefcheckaustralia.org to confirm your spot!

  • December 01, 2019 | 08:00 AM

    Goat Island, Moreton Bay

    Goat Island Survey Opportunity

    Calling all Brisbane based RCA Surveyors! We're looking at getting a team out to Goat Island on 1st December.

    Exact times to be confirmed.

    If you'd like to be part of this survey, please email Lauren@reefcheckaustralia.org to confirm your spot!

  • December 14, 2019 | 08:00 AM

    Mud Island, Moreton Bay

    Mud Island Survey Opportunity

    Calling all Brisbane based RCA Surveyors! We're looking at getting a team out to Mud Island on 14th December.

    Exact times to be confirmed.

    If you'd like to be part of this survey, please email Lauren@reefcheckaustralia.org to confirm your spot!