Warning Cape York land-clearing approval puts Great Barrier Reef at risk | Environment

The Turnbull government faces a test of its $500m budget commitment to protect the Great Barrier Reef, after federal environment officials ruled that a farmer could clear almost 2,000 hectares of Queensland forest. A draft report from the Department of Environment recommends that the clearing at Kingvale station on Cape …

Fancy owning your own island paradise? Another Great Barrier Reef resort is on the market

Fancy owning your own island paradise? Another Great Barrier Reef resort is on the market

Updated May 03, 2018 06:32:38 Photo: Once famous for its beach parties, the Great Keppel Island Resort closed in 2008. (ABC Capricornia: Blythe Moore) In the 1990s it drew young tourists with the slogan ‘Get Wrecked’, and now Great Keppel Island Resort is on the market. A 162-hectare land holding …

Great Barrier Reef to get to $500m to tackle pollution and breed more resilient coral

Great Barrier Reef to get to $500m to tackle pollution and breed more resilient coral

Updated April 29, 2018 09:34:26 A $500 million package to help deal with the problems facing the Great Barrier Reef has been announced by the Federal Government. The funding, to be unveiled today, will go towards improving water quality, tackling the crown-of-thorns starfish, and expanding reef restoration. It will also …

Budget earmarks $500m to mitigate Great Barrier Reef climate change | Environment

The Turnbull government will allocate $500m to mitigate the impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef. The funding, to be unveiled on Sunday and confirmed in the May budget, follows a recent study finding that 30% of the reef’s corals died in a catastrophic nine-month marine heatwave in …

Traditional owners capture Great Barrier Reef dreaming stories in new tourism venture

Traditional owners capture Great Barrier Reef dreaming stories in new tourism venture

Posted April 28, 2018 13:35:08 Photo: Cherissa Blackman’s son Jariya (Ngardu) Blackman-Bobbert performs in the Whitsundsays. (Supplied: Ngardu Cultural Heritage Tours) Related Story: Can you spot the emu in the sky? Related Story: Indigenous songlines map land, sea and country A little-known Dreaming story that explains the creation of the …

Search for man and boy missing in inflatable boat near Ningaloo Reef off WA’s Kimberley coast

Search for man and boy missing in inflatable boat near Ningaloo Reef off WA’s Kimberley coast

Updated April 25, 2018 09:46:13 Photo: A map of Ningaloo station, where the teens went missing. (Supplied: Google Maps) A major search and rescue operation is underway for a boy and a man missing off Western Australia’s Kimberley coast near Ningaloo Station. Rescue crews are trying to find the pair, …

Liquid fertiliser study finds less harmful nitrogen run-off to Great Barrier Reef – ABC Rural

Liquid fertiliser study finds less harmful nitrogen run-off to Great Barrier Reef – ABC Rural

Efforts to keep nitrogen fertilisers on farm and away from the fragile Great Barrier Reef can be boosted by use of liquid fertilisers, a study has found. Research conducted in the north Queensland town of Ingham has proven the use of molasses, a sugar milling by-product, can slow the rate …

Coral on the Great Barrier Reef was ‘cooked’ during 2016 marine heatwave, study finds

Coral on the Great Barrier Reef was ‘cooked’ during 2016 marine heatwave, study finds

Updated April 19, 2018 05:25:30 Photo: A researcher surveys damage on the Great Barrier Reef following the March 2016 mass coral-bleaching event. (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies: Gergely Torda) Related Story: Severe coral bleaching hits two-thirds of Great Barrier Reef, aerial surveys show Related Story: New coral …

Great Barrier Reef: conservationists campaign for net-free zone to protect dugongs | Environment

Conservationists plan to establish a commercial fishing net-free zone in the northern Great Barrier Reef by buying and retiring the area’s last remaining licence. WWF-Australia will launch a crowdfunding campaign to buy the 600m net operating out of Princess Charlotte Bay in the far north, which would effectively end gillnetting …

Border Force patrols enable sharks return to remote Australian reef

Border Force patrols enable sharks return to remote Australian reef

Updated March 31, 2018 12:46:54 Photo: Scientists are researching sharks off Ashmore Reef in northern WA (Supplied: Global FinPrint Project) Related Story: CSIRO’s breakthrough technology to help combat illegal fishing trade Related Story: Global fish stocks being decimated by unregulated fishing Sharks driven away by illegal fishermen from a remote …