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Seaside Scavenge launch in North Queensland

June 17, 2017
We were thrilled to team up with the crew at Seaside Scavenge to run the first ever events for North Queensland and launch an official local Scavenge Chapter!  Putting a new spin on coastal clean-ups, these events fuse music, art, to trade clean up trash for second-hand treasures! In the first event on Magnetic Island, many were surprised to find many small pieces of debris even in areas that looked relatively clean. We had over 100 people stop more than 200kg of debris from reaching our oceans. Wanna encourage some of your own introspection about your footprint? Check out ABC's War on Waste. An incredible number of prizes were donated by local businesses to get everyone Scavenging up a storm. Pre-loved clothes, books, toys and more that were donated by the local community. A massive thanks to everyone involved! Without the dedication on the day from our incredible crew of volunteers sorting and recording data for Tangaroa Blue’s Australian Marine Debris Database and local support from Magnetic Island Nature Care Association, this event would not have been possible.  This event was made possible with support from NQ Dry Tropics through the National Landcare Programme, Townsville City Council and a range of awesome local businesses,
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New maps for Moreton Bay reefs

January 16, 2017
Do you know there are corals in Moreton Bay? Reef Check Australia teamed up with scientists from the University of Queensland Remote Sensing Research Centre and Healthy Land and Water to provide the most detailed map yet of reef habitat in Moreton Bay/Quandamooka.The habitat maps will contribute future science, management and conservation efforts for these unique subtropical reefs on the doorstep of Brisbane. Read ABC's coverage about this project and check out the ABC TV coverage. We're so proud of the great work that our volunteers and partners make possible!This project was funded by the Australian Government's 25th Anniversary Landcare Programme and Port of Brisbane Community Grants in 2015 and Redland City Council in 2016.  Check out the report. Big thanks to Channel 10 Totally Wild for the story! 
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Moreton Bay a Hope Spot

September 30, 2016
Moreton Bay was officially declared one of 14 new Hope Spots by IUCN and Mission Blue at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in September. Hope Spots are unique marine environments that are critical to the health of our oceans. The successful nomination was jointly submitted with the awesome crew at The University of Queensland Underwater Club (Unidive). After rigorous scientific vetting and policy analysis of the submission, this subtropical location joined the ranks with just 76 other locations around the world.  We're thrilled to see this acknowledgement of the unique marine wildlife and habitats of Moreton Bay, It is an outstanding commendation for the dedicated people who are committed to looking after this place. What an awesome example of the power of citizen science in action. We're proud to be a part of this movement and grateful to the huge range of people and organisations who are champions for Moreton Bay/Quandamooka. Stay tuned for next steps!
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New monitoring sites for Mackay

April 16, 2016
In 2016, the Reef Check Team established four new survey sites in the Mackay region. With help from the Mackay Dive Club and Megaforce Charters new sites were created on Keswick and Wigdon Islands. These reefs are located in the South Cumberland islands. While perhaps not as well-known as neighbouring reefs to the north in the Whitsundays, surveyors were thrilled to visit these new fringing reef locations. Good to only see relatively low levels of bleaching (6-12%), given some more startling bleaching reports from other areas further north. Will be keeping in contact with local operators for any updates on condition. These sites help provide new knowledge of reef health and monitor changes in years to come. This project is supported through Reef Catchments and we look forward to continuing to expand our work in this region.
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New reef monitoring program for Fraser Coast

August 29, 2012
Our teams braved the chilly winter waters off the Fraser Coast to establish the first long-term monitoring locations in the area, helping to close the gap between our Great Barrier Reef sites and South East Queensland sites. The team visited 5 sites, including 3 sites inshore Hervey Bay and two off the Woongara Coast near Bundaberg. We worked with local management authorities and researchers to select sites with existing baseline data and important management priorities, with water quality as a particular focus. Reef Check sites will help to provide additional long-term reef health data for these unique subtropical reef systems. Thanks very much to Great Sandy Marine Park, Bundaberg Aqua Scuba, Bundy Dive Charters, the Hervey Bay Boat Club and a few passionate locals for all of your help implementing this new project. This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country.
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