Jun 13, 2018
Hello Jolly Roger people. Just viewing your new page I thought it valuable to let you know about the Eye on the Reef program, especially in regards to the Sharing of Fishing Stories, the Marine Debris action and the Crown of thorns starfish action. Of the four different methods in Eye on the Reef, the official citizen science program for the Great Barrier Reef, the Sightings Network is the most widely applicable and easy to use. All you need is a smartphone to run the App version of the network. With that App, you can have the entire Marine Park Zoning plan in your pocket with your GPS position shown and the rules instantly accessible. You can also submit observations of Crown of thorns starfish which upon submitting is instantly sent to the managing officers as well as directly to the culling teams - this is vital to the overarching program of culling in terms of knowing wherever populations are found, whether they are being voluntarily culled or not. There is also a Marine Debris section that we are linking to the Australian Marine Debris initiative so that any ocean rubbish you find can be reported to the organisation tracking down the source. Finally, there are many observations of wildlife that can not only be important for species management (e.g. Whale sharks and general awareness in terms of species true distribution ranges) but also for promotion of the entire Reef and your region to the world - this is because the public web-portal for the Sightings Network showcases the world all the cool wildlife being reported. By the way, on the public website, submission locations are automatically randomised by a good distance so that if you submit an observation from your favorite fishing spot, the true location is not revealed! The App is called "Eye on the Reef" and the web-portal is here: www.gbrmpa.gov.au/sightings-network My apologies if this post is not what you are after. Just trying to let people know of the opportunities.