REEF RESILIENCE PROJECTS AT CAIRNS’ MOORE REEF; A SMALL SCALE START TOWARDS BETTER STEWARDSHIP

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In an innovative joint stewardship initiative, dedicated coral scientists, Traditional Owners, marine tourism operators, and several Cairns community groups are this week joining together to work on a range of reef-recovery and restoration projects designed to help a small but special part of the Great Barrier Reef better cope and recover from the potentially devastating […]

IMOS GLIDER DATA SHOWS THAT REDUCTION IN VERTICAL MIXING EXACERBATED HEAT STRESS FOR GREAT BARRIER REEF CORALS DURING THE 2020 BLEACHING EVENT

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Valued RRRC researcher, Suzanne Long, has had her intensive studies into the exacerbated heat stress for Great Barrier Reef corals during the 2020 bleaching event published in IMOS Marine Matters, Issue 34. Read the full article below:     IMOS Marine Matters, Issue 34, July 2020   Written by Chari Pattiaratchi (UWA), Dennis Stanley (UWA) […]

RRRC ANNUAL HIGHLIGHTS 2018-2019

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Want to know what’s been going on at the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre? The RRRC Annual Highlights report for 2018-2019 has been published.     Welcome to our annual highlights publication for 2018-19, briefly showcasing some of RRRC’s major activities and considerable achievements throughout this period. These include: » Continued successful management and delivery […]

RRRC ANNUAL HIGHLIGHTS 2017-2018

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Want to know what’s been going on at the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre? The RRRC Annual Highlights report for 2017-2018 has been published and can be found Here…   RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an interview, please contact:   Danae Jones […]

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PNG RANGER PROGRAM BUILDS RESILIENCE IN TORRES STRAIT TREATY VILLAGES

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An excellent story from Papua New Guinea’s foremost paper The Post-Courier. Detailing the Building Resilience in the Treaty Villages Program, which is administered by the RRRC. The program is achieving major positive humanitarian outcomes in the Treaty Villages on PNG’s southern border: Read More…   RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at […]

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PNG RANGERS SHARE SKILLS AT CAIRNS FORUM

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Two rangers from the Building Resilience in the Treaty Villages (BRTV) program in Papua New Guinea’s southern coastal villages have travelled to Australia to share and gain knowledge at a forum for indigenous rangers. The Indigenous Rangers Forum, held in Burketown over 4-6 September, brought together representatives of 72 indigenous ranger groups from all over […]

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RRRC WELCOMES $500M FUNDING FOR GREAT BARRIER REEF

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The Reef and Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC), a Cairns-based environmental NGO, has welcomed the announcement of $500 million for Great Barrier Reef protection from the Australian Government in the 2018 Budget. It’s now time to invest in resilience and restoration strategies for the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) as climate change and other health impacts continue […]

RRRC WELCOMES FUNDING FOR REEF WATER-MIXING TECHNOLOGY AS BLEACHING SEASON APPROACHES

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Preparations for a world-first combination of Queensland’s best science and engineering expertise to defend parts of the Great Barrier Reef from climate change will begin this summer, thanks to $2.2 million in funding from the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy.   RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones […]

‘HERO’ REJOINS FIGHT AGAINST REEF-EATING PREDATOR

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A ship dedicated to countering a serious threat to the health of the Great Barrier Reef and the tourism economy it supports will be heading back out to sea after a two-week refit. Read more     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to […]

SEA SWIFT HELPS OUT IN PNG HUMANITARIAN EFFORT

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Northern Australia shipping company Sea Swift has teamed up with local organisation RRRC Connect to help donate 52 Rescue Swags to help a poverty-stricken region in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Read more     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an interview, […]

BIG BOOST FOR CAIRNS AQUARIUM WITH MAJOR FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT

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The Cairns Aquarium has received a long-awaited funding boost with the announcement of a combined $2 million grant from the Federal Government and the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre. Read more     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an interview, please […]

CAMPAIGN TO SAVE MOTHERS AND BABIES ON AUSTRALIA’S BORDERLANDS

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A Cairns non-government humanitarian organisation is reaching out to the Queensland community to help supply a locally-designed ‘smart first aid kit’ to impoverished communities on Papua New Guinea’s borderlands with Australia. Read more     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an […]

KEEPING AN EYE ON BIG WET RUNOFF

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Every year, major rainfalls in FNQ turn the Barron River and other major watercourses a bright shade of ochre. They pick up mud and silt on their way to the ocean. This year, scientists and farmers are keeping a closer eye on the sediment-filled waters and their effects on the Great Barrier Reef. Read more […]

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EFFORTS DOUBLED IN FIGHT AGAINST CROWN-OF-THORNS STARFISH

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Marine managers, scientists and the tourism industry will boost efforts to protect the health of the Great Barrier Reef. They will look to cull coral eating COTS over the next three years. Read more     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange […]

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PNG TREATY VILLAGES PILOT EXTENDED

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The Australian Government is strengthening its support for the PNG Treaty villages located less than 5km from Australia’s northernmost point.     The Building Resilience in Treaty Villages (BRTV) pilot project is an innovative community development and conservation initiative to strengthen the capacity of villages covered by the Torres Strait Treaty.   Following an initial […]

ANOTHER HONOUR FOR THE FAR NORTH

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As the first of David Attenborough’s TV program on the Great Barrier Reef aired last night, an Aboriginal art book by a Cairns artist and author, Munganbana Norman Miller, and Adelaide based RenBro Publishing, is the proud recipient of a Bronze Medal from the internationally prestigious and globally recognized Independent Publisher Book Awards – IPPY […]

CROWN OF THORNS CULL PASSES 400,000

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New technologies and techniques have allowed control divers to remove 400,000 Crown of Thorns Starfish from the Great Barrier Reef and protect the $7 billion tourism industry dependent on it. Read more…     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an interview, […]

FUNNY SIDE OF TOURISM FOCUS FOR FNQ RESEARCHERS

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THE funny side of tourism will be within the scope of a new research centre dedicated to improving the industry. CQUniversity officially opened its new Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities at its Cairns campus. Read more     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information […]

TROPICAL EXPERTISE DEVELOPING COMMUNITIES ON AUSTRALIA’S BORDERLANDS

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Severe drought is pushing communities to breaking point on Australia’s borderlands however the tropical expertise of organisations based in Cairns are helping communities in this region develop. Read more     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an interview, please contact:   Danae […]

RIVERS OF RED THREATEN THE FUTURE OF THE REEF

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It’s going to take the reinvention of 10,000 farms to improve water quality and repair the Great Barrier Reef, and there’s new evidence that sediment from farms producing Australia’s favourite fruit—bananas—is a growing part of the problem The bold plan to fix the reef will cost billions but is already facing funding cuts. Gregg Borschmann […]

JELLYFISH WORKSHOP BRINGS TOGETHER SCIENTISTS, STAKEHOLDERS

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The excruciating pain inflicted by a box jellyfish sting can really ruin a swim in the warm waters of tropical far north Queensland and it’s notoriously difficult to predict where swarms of the venomous marine organisms might suddenly appear. Read more…     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones […]

GIVE AQUACULTURE A FAIR GO

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The original drafting of the Great Barrier Reef Aquaculture Regulations, did what they were meant to do protect the Great Barrier Reef and the biosecurity for the aquaculture industry. As the then-Director for Water Quality at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, it was my job to draft these Regulations. Read more…     […]

RRRC WELCOMES FUNDING TO FIGHT CORAL-EATING MONSTER STARFISH

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The Reef and Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC) is welcoming the announcement of $7 million to control populations of the coraleating Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTS) on the Great Barrier Reef. Read more…     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an interview, […]

PENALTIES FOR HUNTING THREATENED SPECIES TRIPLED

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Illegal poachers of dugongs and turtles in far north Queensland are about to face tougher penalties, as the Federal Government announces new measures to protect threatened species. Read more…     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an interview, please contact:   Danae […]

NEW WEAPON HEADED TO PNG IN THE WAR AGAINST TUBERCULOSIS

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FOUR specially crafted boats are Papua New Guinea-bound to bolster a Federal Government bid to tackle a tuberculosis epidemic before it crosses borders and wreaks havoc on the Far North. Read more…     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an interview, […]

MILLIONS TO BE INVESTED INTO TROPICAL WATER QUALITY RESEARCH

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THE Australian Government is investing more than $31 million over six years for research into tropical water quality through the National Environmental Science Programme. Read more…     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an interview, please contact:   Danae Jones | admin@danaejones.com.au […]

WATER QUALITY RESEARCH WELCOMED

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WHITSUNDAY tourism operators have welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of more than $31 million over six years for research into tropical water quality through the National Environmental Science Program. Read more…     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an interview, please […]

CQUNI TO HELP TRACK GREAT BARRIER REEF WATER

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CQUNIVERSITY will share in $31 million funding to investigate water quality in the Great Barrier Reef. Read more…     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an interview, please contact:   Danae Jones | admin@danaejones.com.au | 0487 901 054

NEW NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH PROGRAM TO BE BASED IN CAIRNS

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THE Australian Government is investing more than $31 million over six years for research into tropical water quality through the National Environmental Science Programme. Read more…     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an interview, please contact:   Danae Jones | admin@danaejones.com.au […]

TROPICAL WATER QUALITY HUB TO ALLOW GREAT BARRIER REEF STUDIES

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A Queensland researcher says Federal Government funding will enable studies into water quality in the Great Barrier Reef. Read more…     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an interview, please contact:   Danae Jones | admin@danaejones.com.au | 0487 901 054

GOVERNMENT INVESTS $31 MILLION IN REEF RESEARCH

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THE Australian Government is investing more than $31 million over six years for research into tropical water quality through the National Environmental Science Programme. Read more…     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an interview, please contact:   Danae Jones | admin@danaejones.com.au […]

GOVERNMENT INVESTS $31 MILLION IN REEF RESEARCH

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A $31 MILLION tropical water quality research program is to be based in Cairns. Read more…     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an interview, please contact:   Danae Jones | admin@danaejones.com.au | 0487 901 054

SEYCHELLES MUST CONTROL CROWN-OF-THORNS STARFISH OUTBREAK BEFORE CORAL REEFS ARE DECIMATED, SAYS EXPERT

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Beau-Vallon — Increasing levels of human development in Seychelles coupled with rising sea temperatures have caused an outbreak of venomous starfish that feed on delicate coral reefs, and unless concerted action is taken soon, a large number of reefs within the inner granitic islands of the archipelago could be entirely lost. Read more…     […]

DAINTREE RAINFOREST OBSERVATORY OPENS

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A new world-class research centre and observatory focusing on the Daintree Rainforest has been opened today. The Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the Daintree Rainforest Observatory was built with $9.7 million from the Australian Government and that it will build on the work already done by James Cook University’s (JCU) Australian Canopy Crane Research […]

AMAZING PHOTOS OF AUSTRALIA’S EPIC GREAT BARRIER REEF

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More than 100,000 beautiful images of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef have been released to the public. The photos include species living on the reef, 360 degree panoramas and map the reef from 32 different locations. Read more…     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information […]

NERP TE HUB CONFERENCE 2014

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Don’t forget that the NERP TE Hub Conference is to be held on the 5th-7th November 2014 at the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, Cairns. Click here for more details.     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an interview, please contact:   Danae […]

CAIRNS DIVERS TOLD TWO SPIKES AND YOU’RE OUT IN QUEST TO STOP CROWN-OF-THORNS STARFISH

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DIVERS trying to eliminate crown-of-thorns starfish from the Great Barrier Reef will be sacked if they get twice stung by the animals’ venomous spines. The Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators has implemented the tough new “two spikes and you’re out” policy after workplace, health and safety concerns about the venomous creatures. Read more…   […]

STUDY AIMS TO SOLVE QUEENSLAND TURTLE DEATHS MYSTERY

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Researchers are trying to solve the mystery of what caused the mass strandings and deaths of green turtles in Queensland’s far north two years ago.   They are tagging hundreds of turtles along the Great Barrier Reef as part of a project to try and prevent more deaths. Read more…     RRRC’s Marketing & […]

BIOSECURITY OFFICER ON BOIGU ISLAND, TORRES STRAIT PROTECTS AUSTRALIA’S AGRICULTURE

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Checking insect traps, collecting scientific data and processing international arrivals to ensure they’re not carrying pests or disease that would threaten Australia’s agricultural, is all in a day’s work for Gadu Banu. Read more…     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange […]

DOCTOR CONFIRMS FIRST FATAL DRUG RESISTANT TB INFECTION

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Tests have confirmed the first Australian transmission of a virulent form of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. Two weeks ago a Torres Strait islander woman died in Cairns from a mutant strain that originates across the border from Papua New Guinea. Read more…     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones […]

NEW PILOT PROGRAM TO ADDRESS DEVELOPMENT ISSUES IN PNG’S WESTERN PROVINCE

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ABC Radio Australia’s Catherine Graue interviews Sheriden Morris to talk about the new pilot program in PNG’s Western Province.   Click here to listen to the interview.   RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an interview, please contact:   Danae Jones | admin@danaejones.com.au […]

NEW PARTNERSHIP TO SUPPORT COMMUNITIES IN PNG

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The Australian Government will provide $1.85 million to a two-year pilot program promoting economic and community development and disease prevention in Papua New Guinea’s Western Province. The program is the product of a new partnership between the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Cairns-based Reef and Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC). Read the full […]

NATIONAL THREATENED SPECIES DAY

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Sunday the 7th of September is National Threatened Species Day. Events are been held all over Australia. To have a look what’s going on in Queensland click here.   RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an interview, please contact:   Danae Jones | […]

PRICKLY PREDICTION ISSUE PLAGUES GREAT BARRIER REEF

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Predicting the patterns of crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks is the focus of a University of Queensland study that could be vital to protecting the Great Barrier Reef. Read more…     RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an interview, please contact:   Danae Jones […]

FOUR CORNERS, ABC TV, 18/08/2014

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Watch “Battle for the Reef”. Click here…   RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an interview, please contact:   Danae Jones | admin@danaejones.com.au | 0487 901 054

TWO-WAY ROUTE IN THE GREAT BARRIER REEF AND TORRES STRAIT

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The IMO-adopted ship routeing measure to enhance the safety and efficiency of navigation and protect the region’s sensitive marine environment will come into effect at 0000 UTC on 1st December 2014. Read more…   RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an interview, […]

NEW WEAPONS, STRATEGIES IN WAR AGAINST CROWN OF THORNS

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New efforts are underway to combat infestations of Crown of Thorns starfish on the Great Barrier Reef with the development of lethal bile injectors and integrated pest management plans. Read more…   RRRC’s Marketing & Communications are managed by the team at Danae Jones Consulting. For media information or to arrange an interview, please contact:   […]