Map showcases underwater vision of reef



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Snorkellers swimming at Milln Reef off Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef. Image: Passions of Paradise.

Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) has launched a map showcasing daily underwater vision of the sites visited by tour vessels in the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region has been launched by Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ).

TTNQ Chief Executive Officer Mark Olsen said tour operators were regularly documenting what they saw for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s (GBRMPA) Eye on the Reef monitoring program.

“TTNQ is also sharing this information on a map to make it easier for people to see what the reef looks like before they visit,” he said.

“The Great Barrier Reef Today map currently shows the main reefs off Cairns and Port Douglas where tour operators visit and will gradually expand to shows reefs to our north and south.” 

“Travellers are encouraged to use #GreatBarrierReefToday when they post images of the reef and to upload them to the Eye on the Reef app to give a snapshot of what the Great Barrier Reef looks like on that day.

“Great Barrier Reef Today is another example of operators in the Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region working with the science community by compiling data to give GBRMPA a clear picture of the reef’s health.

“The first daily natural history records of the Great Barrier Reef were gathered by tourism operator Reef Biosearch in 1986 and these were the catalyst for GBRMPA’s Eye on the Reef program. 

“The partnership between tourism and science has continued to grow and last year included a world first IVF program during the annual coral spawn.

“Operators assisted researchers from Southern Cross University and James Cook University to collect coral eggs and sperm so the coral larvae could be fed and released on the Great Barrier Reef to grow new corals.

“Numerous other projects involving the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef tourism industry include coral nurseries, coral resettling and using electricity to stimulate coral growth.”

See the map at Tropical North Queensland.

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