Rescuing our reef

DEDICATED volunteers who brave wind and waves to monitor water quality on the Great Barrier Reef have been recognised for their hard work.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority chief scientist Dr David Wachenfeld said a network of devoted volunteers perform vital work in monitoring several sites as part of the Australian Government's Reef Rescue Marine Monitoring Program.

This program monitors pollutant levels and water quality around the Great Barrier Reef.

“The Reef Rescue Marine Monitoring Program is a key component of work that is addressing water quality issues for the Great Barrier Reef,” Dr Wachenfeld said.

“We not only thank current volunteers, but those who have taken part over the life of the program, all contributing to a healthier Great Barrier Reef ecosystem.”

Volunteers Emily Smart, Jacquie Shiels and Michelle Ryan, Fantasea general manager, said they were glad to assist with the research.

“We were involved in collecting chlorophyll samples and continue participating in the program,” Ms Ryan said.

“Most people in the Whitsundays depend on the Reef in one way or another, so it's important we look after it.”

Darren Foster from Whitsunday Moorings is another dedicated volunteer.

He said the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is very important to him and his family and he was proud to be involved in a program that is all about the long-term health of the reef.

Other regional volunteers recognised for their commitment to the program were Mal Cullen from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Christine Peterson from Whitsunday Catchment and Landcare and David Pepplinkhouse from Whitsunday Regional Council.

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