ReefBlitz to be held at Can­non­vale Beach

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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.

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