Marine Debris and Source Reduction - Teacher PD

Marine debris is a growing environmental problem and is a major threat to health of the Great Barrier Reef. This session will illustrate how you might engage your students to undertake a clean-up and litter audit, before developing a source reduction plan. A source reduction plan aims to improve environmental awareness, reduce waste and promote sustainability within your school community; as well as to support the health of your local waterways and the marine environment.

Fri 2 Sept, 3:00-3:30pm: please register through this link -https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sauoHe2RSvC_hVgdluSMZg

All registrants will be sent a unique link to connect to the webinar on the day.

FREE - Reef Creature Feature virtual learning experiences

The Great Barrier Reef is home to a tremendous diversity of marine life, and this presentation will introduce you to a selection of amazing reef creatures. We will look to highlight their adaptations for survival, as well as their particular roles on the reef and how these contribute to maintaining a healthy Reef ecosystem.

All registrants will be sent a unique link to connect to the webinar on the day.

Thu 1 Sep, 11am: Register to attend - https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JOvpg4COQ7qcF_rhzzcwDQ

Fri 23 Sept, 8am: Register to attend -https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_V_MgdMYnQ6egHrhrMDhAOQ

FREE - Science Careers on the Reef virtual learning experiences

The Great Barrier Reef has an amazing diversity of marine life that calls it home. The same is true for the array of different careers the Reef supports. Join the Reef Education team (science graduates) for a look at some opportunities that an education in the sciences may open up for you.

All registrants will be sent a unique link to connect to the webinar on the day.

Wednesday 17 August, 11:00am - Register to attend: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LN5P-gnvRmetfvVxkziKEQ

Wednesday 17 August, 1:00pm - Register to attend: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_U2tGaXMlSiqxq7bMQg-jEA

2022 Student Eco Challenge Opens 15 August

Do your students have an innovative, eco-friendly idea to help protect the Great Barrier Reef? It could be a sustainable product, service, app, or technology that is used in your school, home, or local community.

The Challenge:
The Reef Authority is seeking support from a new eco-friendly business to help address an environmental issue facing the Great Barrier Reef. In teams of 2 to 4 students, you will need to:
1) Research a current issue relating to the Great Barrier Reef
2) Use your STEAM skills to identify a possible solution to the issue
3) Prepare a 2-minute video pitch to explain how your eco-friendly business idea will help address the issue
4) Upload your video to YouTube, Vimeo, or your school's social media page and email the link to reefguardians@gbrmpa.gov.au

Teachers, register your student teams here: https://forms.office.com/r/ABcqpkRm2c
Teachers will be emailed the Eco Challenge Teacher Information Pack and Handbook

Challenge closes Friday 21 October at 4:00pm (AEST). Winners will receive a prize.

EarthWatch Teacher Professional Development

Teacher Professional Development – GBR Teachers

Earthwatch Institute Australia and MangroveWatch are inviting 10 highschool teachers from GBR schools. In this unique Professional Development opportunity you will be working as a research assistant, helping to protect mangroves and our Great Barrier Reef by collecting data in valuable mangrove ecosystems, as they face increasing pressure from human impacts. You will inspire your students in STEM and geography, by teaching them “live” from the field through blogs uploaded to our website and opportunities to video call your class from the field. Trip August 27- September 3 2022.

Learn more: https://www.earthwatch.org.au/about-teachlive
Apply: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TNQQXDP

Applications close Sunday 31st July at 11:59PM.

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You may be chillin' with friends and family these Easter holidays, but it's important not to relax while out on the water and remain responsible to protect marine life.

Remember:
Do not feed fish, turtles or other marine life;
Do not throw scraps overboard; and
Never interfere with natural events.

Download the free Eye on Reef App now at the Apple Store or Google Play and help us to protect the Reef. https://bit.ly/348fKbV

Reef Health update – 8 April 2022

Despite the fact that summer is now over a month behind us, the coral bleaching event, and our understanding of it, are still unfolding. The Reef Authority is working with partners to prioritise a sub-set of reefs for ongoing in-water surveys. These are providing more detailed information about bleaching intensity, mortality and the depth range of bleaching impacts. As with every summer, the final outcome of this bleaching event in terms of mortality will only be known after the next round of surveys from the Australian Institute of Marine Science’s Long-term Monitoring Program.