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The Tourism industry in the Whitsundays facilitates scientific research by supporting surveys and monitoring including provision of boats, crew and food to research groups including the GBRMPA and Reef Check. Without the support of the tourism industry the cost of surveying of areas offshore may be prohibitive to gathering vital data needed to provide a true understanding on changes to the reef.

A data logger was installed on Explore Whitsunday’s Tallship, Solway Lass, in 2017. The data collected will provide the GBRMPA and the Healthy Rivers To Reef Partnership with important information to guide management planning on the Reef.

Monitoring Organisation Tourism Whitsundays

Name Al Grundy

Phone 0417 588 248

Email al@explorewhitsundays.com

Position in organisation Chairman

Activity Type science and research (e.g. monitoring activities, trials of innovative practices or new equipment)

Activity Indicators water quality in freshwater river basins

Activity location Offshore zone, Proserpine catchment, Whitsunday inshore zone

Frequency of monitoring

Monitoring Start Date 01/01/2015

31/12/2018

Location of monitoring data

Date quality / confidence

Collaborators Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Reef Check

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