The Great Barrier Reef is, quite simply, the world’s coral reef. It is the largest and most diverse reef system on the planet. As the Great Barrier Reef goes, so go all the world’s reefs, and the Great Barrier Reef is under pressure.
The Great Barrier Reef Divers (GBR Divers) is an organisation of dive professionals who are standing up for the reef. Membership of the group include dive professionals who have experience working on the Great Barrier Reef. This includes Divemasters, Dive Instructors, Snorkelling Guides and Marine Biologists/Reef Interpreters. As Dive/Reef professionals we are quite literally at the coal face. We don’t need to read about the impacts on the reef because we see, hear and feel the impacts on the reef. We are there 24/7 and we are passionate about the Great Barrier Reef. Our group’s agenda is simple; to encourage reef management agencies and governments at all levels to better protect the Great Barrier Reef. We will achieve this through advocacy and action. Our collective voice will become a force of nature working for nature.
Actions that need you NOW
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority states clearly that the greatest threat to the future health of the Great Barrier Reef is climate change. We have all just witnessed the most devastating bleaching event in the history of the Reef and we are likely to see more in the future unless we reign in the most serious effects of climate change…global warming.
The Queensland Government has just released a discussion paper titled, Advancing Queensland Climate: making the transition to a low carbon future. The Government is asking for comments on the paper by September 2, 2016. This is our opportunity to have a say in the future of the Great Barrier Reef. SEND A SUBMISSION
The full extent of the damage caused by the world’s most devastating bleaching event won’t be known for many months. However, we know that the cost to the Great Barrier Reef has been significant. Scientists are now telling us that at least 22% of the Reef has died. Nearly a quarter of the world’s largest reef is gone and will take 10 to 15 years to regenerate.
Fortunately, for most tourism operators, the majority of serious bleaching occurred north of Port Douglas so few tourism businesses were impacted. Unfortunately, the northern section of the Reef has always been the most pristine and healthy section of the Reef. No more. Please read on
Hands up…who has heard of the Snubfin Dolphin? Who has seen a Snubfin Dolphin? If you answered no and no, rest assured that you are not alone. The Snubfin dolphin is relatively small and very shy animal.
But this is the Year of the Snubfin Dolphin…so it is time to get to know Australia’s least known dolphin. Please read on.
A group of GBR divers paid a visit to Abbot Point in November 2015 to discover and document the local coral communities. No one was surprised to find an abundance of life around the Abbot Point coal terminal which is currently under threat from the proposed industrial port expansion. Read more…