Like many reefs around the world, the Great Barrier Reef is suffering from the combined effects of many threats and disturbances, including mass coral bleaching, pollution, storm damage, and outbreaks of pests like Crown-of-Thorns starfish, among others.
While some of these threats are caused or exacerbated by global issues such as climate change, others may be amenable to local- or regional-scale intervention, restoration and management. Unfortunately, we currently have limited knowledge about these options and how they might be effective on the Great Barrier Reef.
There will be three days of presentations (16th-18th July) at our conference venue, the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, followed by optional field trips on the 19th July.
This international Symposium brings together restoration practitioners, scientists, engineers, environmental managers, NGOs and industry partners together to share experiences, insights and ideas about what works, what doesn’t, and what more we need to know to help the Great Barrier Reef.
Symposium participants will present and discuss methods currently being trialed elsewhere in the world, as well as novel approaches that may be still in development; from small, local-scale approaches to large-scale projects, including engineering and oceanographic interventions. Participation from a wide range of disciplines, including those not normally associated with coral reef research, will be encouraged.
Not in Cairns? Follow along with the symposium’s live webcast here!