Reef Blitz a hit in Cannonvale
CANNONVALE Beach played host to hundreds of volunteer scientists over the weekend.
Research undertaken by local and interstate volunteers, including some local students, might provide answers into preserving the Great Barrier Reef.
ReefBlitz, organised by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, saw more than 400 people attend over Friday and Saturday.
Volunteers analysed data and kept track of local wildlife on Cannonvale Beach and surrounding areas.
State Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell said the research done by volunteers was important.
“With that data we’re going to increase our knowledge of the Great Barrier Reef and the surrounding catchments,” Mr Powell said.
“With that knowledge we’re going to be able to make better decisions and ensure that we continue to man- age and protect the Great Barrier Reef into the future.” “Science needs to underpin all of our decisions, whether that be at a council level, or around where you put development, or at the state level around our port management, or working with our cane and grazing farmers, making sure our decisions are based on science, that we can get an economic growth component, but that we can also protect the enrivonment for future generations.”
State Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan said tourism was also set to benefit from the research.
“A lot of people come here from around Queensland, around the nation, around the world and they come here for good reason,” Mr Costigan said.
“They come here to enjoy our marine life.
“ReefBlitz is a tremendous initiative – it’s a step in the right direction.”
RESEARCH TIME: Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell, Earthwatch Institute professor David McInnes, Assistant Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Seath Holswich, Great Barrier Reef Foundation managing director Claire Hanratty, State Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan and Great Barrier Reef Foundation director Phillip Strachan.