Tourism operators in the Whitsundays are passionate about reef protection and regularly assist the GBRMPA by gathering data to guide their management of the GBR World Heritage Area.
As frequent visitors to the outer reef, fringing reefs and islands, tourism operators are well placed to provide information on changes at the reef and have been active in relaying this information back to the GBRMPA. Operators in the Whitsunday region have been trained and are conducting regular Rapid Monitoring Surveys, taking photos, taking secchi disc measurements (turbidity), and water temperature measurements. Operators have also been uploading information on wildlife sightings through the Eye on the Reef Ap.
Monitoring Organisation Tourism Whitsundays
Name Al Grundy
Phone 0417 588 248
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 inshore marine zones
Activity location Offshore zone, Whitsunday inshore zone
Frequency of monitoring
Monitoring Start Date 01/07/201530/06/2018
Location of monitoring data
Date quality / confidence
Collaborators Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
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