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Improving Partnerships in the Dry Tropics

November 26, 2019
Reef Check Australia GBR Coordinator Nathan Cook presented at the recent  Dry Tropics Partnership for Healthy Waters meeting, talking about the current work and future plans for Reef Check Australia’s reef monitoring program in the Dry Tropics region.   RCA GBR Coordinator Nathan Cook presenting to members at the Dry Tropics Partnership for Healthy Water Partnership meeting   Recently the Dry Tropics Partnership for Healthy Waters Technical Working Group agreed to include Reef Check benthic data as part of their reported monitoring. This enhances the connections between citizen science and management.     Nathan Cook (Centre) with Dry Tropics Partnership for Healthy Water Executive Office Annie Bauer-Civiello (left) and Conservation Volunteers Australia Coordinator Sharon Marks   This project is supported by the Townsville City Council. It represents important collaboration between industry partners and citizen science groups like Reef Check Australia, a key outcome of Reef Ecologic’s Integrated Coral Reef Citizen Science Program, funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.  
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Clean Up At South Straddie - A Volunteer Roundup!

November 19, 2019
The South Straddie Cleanup 2019 did not disappoint - offering an amazing weekend and learning experience for those who took part. Check out this roundup from Cheryl Tan - one of our fab volunteers!   The RCA team were among over 50 volunteers from a range countries (including the USA, Brazil, Spain, New Zealand, Singapore and of course Australia!) who all came together for a common cause and picked up 650 kgs of rubbish in under 3 hours!        Volunteers learnt how to fill out a data collection sheet used by Positive Change for Marine Life (PCML) to sort the rubbish collected into different categories. This was useful in understanding what and where the rubbish was coming from and made everyone reflect on the bigger issue at hand; the insidious movement from "non-sustainable single-use plastic" to "biodegradable single-use plastic" which is simply placing a band-aid over the issue of micro-plastics and not addressing consumer behaviour towards single-use plastic.          It was a great segway into the evening presentations given by participating organisations (Cleanwater Group, Positive Change for Marine Life & Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast Tweed) which explained the multi-dimensional approach adopted by these groups. It did not stop just at organising community clean-ups; instead they take things one step further by engaging with the community both locally and overseas to find the root cause(s) of pollution and collaborating with local councils and government to implement effective waste management strategies.     Thanks to Cleanwater Group for inviting us along to the event, as well as charity partners Positive Change for Marine Life, Surfrider Foundation Australia and Tangaroa Blue. As well as all of the event sponsors: Byron Bay Brewer, Spirit of the Gold Coast Whale Watching, Patagonia, Biome Eco Stores, Charlies Fruit Markets and Tipplers Licence Cafe for helping make the day such a HUGE success. A big thanks to City of Gold Coast for their support.
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SEQ Summary Report Released!

November 05, 2019
  Reef Check Australia's South East Queensland Season Summary Report for 2018-2019 has been released.   During the survey season, trained volunteers conducted 57 surveys on 37 sites at 27 reefs from Noosa to the Gold Coast.        Gold Coast Coordinator Jaime Kruusmaa will be presenting the report findings at the Coast to Coral event on the Gold Coast on 13 November. Everyone is welcome to come along as Jaime shares some of the report highlights, discusses the efforts that RCA SEQ citizen scientists have made in collecting reef health data along the Gold Coast and wider SEQ region, shares findings about the amazing, yet little known reef structures found at our front doorstep, and explains some of the ways that everyone can get involved in better understanding and protecting their local reef resources.     Photo Credit - Ava Choi     If you can't make it along to the Cold Coast - you can read the full report online. 
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Could You Be Our New General Manager?

October 29, 2019
  Reef Check Australia is currently recruiting for a General Manager to lead our committed and passionate team into the next phase of growth. Reporting to the Board, the General Manager will manage business operations, with a focus on business development and charitable fundraising to enable community engagement in marine citizen science.     Do you have: Strong management and leadership skills Excellent financial knowledge and expertise Proven experience in the development and implementation of strategic business plans Track record in charitable fund generation including corporate partnerships and fundraising Demonstrated work with volunteer programs and experience delivering community engagement and outreach projects   If so this could be the role for you! Applications are open now.
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Survey Says.....That's a Wrap!

October 02, 2019
  Reef Check's Gold coast surveys are now complete for the 2018-2019 season! The weather put on a show, allowing our reef health monitoring team to get out and complete the last survey of the Gold Coast survey season.       Narrowneck is an artificial reef off the northern end of the Gold Coast. The site is characterised by high cover of macro algae and lots of fish life. The site is sensitive to wave action due to its proximity to the shore and the surf zone, but forms an important part of the reef structures within the Gold Coast area, so is super interesting to monitor as a part of our long term reef health monitoring in the area!   Again the team found themslves surrounded by dolphins and whales - what a day to be out and about! On the way out to the site they also came across a balloon just floating out to sea. They managed to get it and dispose of it safely. It was however a reminder that there are alternatives to balloons, and that we can all choose to look after our wildlife and say no to balloons!         Thanks to Gold Coast Dive Adventures for getting us to the site. The Gold Coast reef health monitoring program is made possible through support from the City of Gold Coast.
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Congratulations To Our New Townsville Ambassadors!

September 24, 2019
  The Great Barrier Reef team was happy to welcome some new members to the team last month after a big weekend of Ambassador Training! The training focused on community engagement, sharing reef education and awareness through a variety of methods, planning events and creating projects. Stay tuned for updates from the new reef  ambassadors! Thanks to Conservation Volunteers for hosting us so we could run the workshop,  for a guest lecture from Craig Turner about  Tangaroa Blue and support from Townsville City Council. Credit to Gemma Molinaro for the awesome images! This training is part of Reef Ecologic’s Integrated Coral Reef Citizen Science Program, which is funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.  
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RCA Welcomes Our New GBR Surveyors!

September 15, 2019
  GBR Reef Check Scuba Surveyor training took place recently - and everyone involved agreed it was a blast! The team went out with Reef Magic Cruises to the Marine World pontoon on both the Saturday and Sunday - who took great care of our 7 new RCA surveyors. Following 5 dives on Moore Reef in Cairns, our surveyors are now officially qualified to start RCA reef monitoring!      With 15-20metres of visibility and generally fantastic conditions, it couldn't have been a better weekend. Everyone especially enjoyed the visits from Wally the Maori Wrasse, who would quite often come and check out what all the fuss was about. There's a bunch of photos of him swimming across our transect lines and just generally being everywhere!   Thanks again to Reef Magic Cruises. This SCUBA Surveyor training forms part of Reef Ecologic’s Integrated Coral Reef Citizen Science Program, which is funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.    
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Reef Check Australia and TOMRA Using Change To Make Change Happen!

September 10, 2019
  Reef Check Australia is thrilled to be selected to receive donations through TOMRA’s Recycling Centres located across South East QLD. Until Sunday 3rd November 2019, the screens of all TOMRA Reverse Vending Machines will list Reef Check Australia as a donation partner. TOMRA is one of the network operators for the Containers For Change deposit scheme in QLD. Launched on 1st November 2018, the Containers for Change scheme aims to incentivize people to recycle the drink containers that are commonly left as litter.     Recycling is one of the simple everyday steps we can all take to help reduce our impact on our marine ecosystems. Reef Check Australia has developed an Ocean Action Kit to help people address the issue of single use plastic waste, along with lots of everyday action tips on how we can all reduce our environmental impact. So to help us all improve our recycling efforts and keep our beautiful environment litter-free, the Containers for Change scheme offers a 10 cent refund for each eligible container, which can either be collected by the individual or donated to the not-for-profit organisations that are partnering with TOMRA TOMRA Collection Solutions Australia is part of the TOMRA Group, which creates sensor-based solutions for optimal resource productivity and has a vision to lead the Resource Revolution. Find out more at
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