Visibility amazing as message spreads
WHILE southern media outlets are reporting about the impact of turbid floodwaters on the Great Barrier Reef, locals and tourists to Port Douglas are experiencing the best underwater visibility ever seen.
Claims of a possible explosion of algal blooms and coral bleaching are looking rather shallow, with Quicksilver marine biologist Russell Hore explaining he had never seen the reef looking better, with exceptional visibility of up to 20 metres recorded at Agincourt Reef in the past few weeks.
“It’s been clear, it’s been lovely and the reef is looking fantastic,” Mr Hore said.
“For us, it’s business as usual as we enjoy the great conditions.”
He said the positive message from Tourism Queensland and other sources seemed to be making it through to passengers he had spoken recently.
“I’ve made a point of asking people on my snorkel tour whether they were aware of what was happening in Queensland before they came and all of them seemed to know the reef and the tropics would not be affected by the floods and the isolated effect on the reef was going to be on localised areas,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tourism Queensland is stepping up its campaign to tell the rest of the world what locals already know - Port Douglas is a great place to be even in the wet season.
An online video posted on YouTube under the slogan ’Port Douglas still shines in the rain!’ tackles head-on the misperception created by national and global media coverage the entire state had been devastated by flood.
The three-minute video was shot on a single day by local videographer David Vivien featuring visitors making the most of their tropical holiday in a range of typically beautiful settings.
Already the YouTube vision has attracted hundreds of hits with a multiplier effect expected to take it around the world as it extends to social networking forums.
“The whole thing is about getting the message out about why people love this place, to get viral with it, to blog it and tweet it and get Port out there,” he said. “The feedback has been so positive.”
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