GBR Legacy plans first research trip
THE Great Barrier Reef Legacy has received strong support from the corporate sector and local community for its campaign to fund a reef research vessel’s first voyage in September.
A choice of two vessels has been offered to the organisation which will allow scientists, students and teachers, the media and the public free access to the reef.
“We’re supporting research for not just Jame Cook University but across Australia and across the world to increase the research being done,” said Dr Dean Miller, director of science and media at the GBR Legacy.
The GBR Legacy is planning its first research expedition later this year “right on our doorstep,” Dr Miller said.
“We’re looking at the health of the reef from Port Douglas north which was the hardest hit section for the last two bleaching events.”
To cover the operating costs of the vessel GBR Legacy has launched a crowdfunding cam- paign, which has already raised more than a quarter of the funds needed for the first expedition, in September.
“Were just very excited, especially from the support we’re getting around town,” he said.
“It’s been phenomenal and we couldn’t be happier to have our home right here in Port Douglas where the ship will operate from and we’re looking forward to being a very significant part of the community,” Dr Miller said.
People who donate at least $50 to the “Help Float the Boat” campaign will have a chance to win a trip for two on a six-day expedition to swim with the reef’s minke whales.
Marine biologist Dr Dean Miller