ReefBlitz to be held at Cannonvale Beach
BUDDING scientists, environmental enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in the reef is invited to take part in ‘ReefBlitz 2014’, to be held at the Cannonvale Beach on October 24 and 25.
ReefBlitz is an initiative of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and was based on the National Geographic ‘BioBlitz’ concept that subsequently shaped ‘Bush Blitz’ in Australia.
ReefBlitz focuses on engaging the community and tourists in the collection of real, meaningful data that is helpful to research and management of the reef.
Friday, October 24 will be ‘Schools Day’ with more than 250 school children from the local area expected to take part and Saturday, October 25 is a day for the general public with more than 300 people likely to be in- volved. Activities will include a beach clean-up incorporating an analysis of the debris and its sources, plus a range of biodiversity surveys. Other ‘base camp’ activities will include a sustainable fishing game, run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), suitable for families and kids, and presentations from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) personnel about reef health.
Whitsunday Catchment Landcare chairman Graham Armstrong emphasised that maintaining the foreshore was important for the reef.
“Anything you do on land will eventually affect the reef,” he said.
For more information or to register for the event, visit www.barrierreef.org/reefblitz.