World News – UA – A census to shed light on the Great Barrier Reef

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Environment Minister Sussan Ley and Special Envoy for the Great Barrier Reef Warren Entsch called on Australians to support the first-ever « Great Reef Census » which will see boats deployed on the 2,300 kilometers from the Great Barrier Reef

Launched today in Queensland by the citizens of the Great Barrier Reef and funded by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the Great Reef Census will, over the next ten weeks, collect underwater images from 100 reefs priorities to help inform key management and research decisions

In addition to involving reef experts, the tourism industry and citizen scientists in collecting the images, the project will engage people from across the country in the analysis of the images that will be posted online during the next few months

« This is a great initiative and an important step in telling the diverse history of a reef that covers 344,000 square kilometers and some 3,000 individual reefs, » said Minister Ley

« The sheer size of the reef means it can be very difficult to capture the whole story

« This week’s federal budget includes funding that will involve tourism operators in targeted monitoring and conservation projects and the Great Reef census will add another important dimension

« The Great Barrier Reef faces significant climatic challenges, but it is also a spectacular marine environment that we are working to protect »

Special Envoy for the Great Barrier Reef, Warren Entsch said people can register to participate in the analysis by visiting https: // greatreefcensusorg /

« There are so many parts of the reef that it’s hard for people to appreciate the whole story, » said Special Envoy Entsch

« There are beautiful places to visit, parts that are energized, parts that are recovering from the bleaching and damage caused by the cyclone

« This is a project supported by the Federal Government through the Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and supported by universities, the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

« As people are engaged in this project, both on the water and bringing pictures online, I think it will help them understand the wonderful complexity of the reef and how people work together. to protect his future »

Great Barrier Reef Foundation Executive Director Anna Marsden said: “As a reef action station, we are proud to bring people and science together to support this program which will help save this reef. irreplaceable ecosystem and its marine life for future generations

« With the reef covering an area the size of New Zealand, this project could help fill a significant information gap by mobilizing citizen scientists, and this essential pilot program will allow us to test the impact of this. approach « 

Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef CEO Andy Riley said, “To achieve the scale required as we step up the Great Reef census takes a massive collective effort and that is what we are seeing from there. tourism industry, to some of Reef’s Top Scientists, Tech Companies and Reef Managers

« In essence, we are using the skills, vessels and knowledge of many passionate people to build a reef-scale research flotilla »

The Great Reef Census is a Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef project carried out in partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the University of Queensland and the Australian Institute of Marine Science and is funded by the Government Partnership Australian Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the Prior Family Foundation and the Reef and Rainforest Research Center

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SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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