‘A holistic approach to active localised reef restoration using Mars Assisted Reef Restoration System (MARRS)’
Reef Magic Cruises has applied to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for permission to conduct reef restoration and research activities near Reef Magic Cruises Marine World Pontoon at Moore Reef (16.8474°, 146.227°) in the Cairns Management Area of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
The aim of the proposed project is to trial the viability of the “Mars Assisted Reef Restoration System” in stabilising coral rubble sections and promoting the growth of reef building hard corals. The proposed project is a collaborative research project between Reef Magic Cruises, Indigenous Ranger Groups, James Cook University and Mars Australia. This research will contribute towards resilience based adaptive management of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR).
An information package including further details of the proposal are available here : Rubble Stabilization Research Project and also from the GBRMPA website at http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/about-us/consultation or from the
Reef Magic Cruises Pty Ltd
52-54 Fearnley Street, P.O Box 905
Cairns Queensland 4870 Australia
We now seek any public comment under Section 93 of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Parks Regulations 2019 (Cth). Public submissions will be considered by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (the Authority) in making a decision on this permit application.
Interested persons, especially those who believe that the proposed use will restrict their reasonable use of this part of the Marine Park, are invited to lodge written comments on the proposal with GBRMPA by Friday 13th December. All comments and submissions to:
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Environmental Assessment and Protection Unit
PO Box 1379
Townsville QLD 4810