Reef in Focus

by Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Welcome to the Reef Authority's 'Reef in Focus' podcast, where we tackle the big topics of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • Scratching the surface on the Great Southern Plan ft. Ian Walker

    Scratching the surface on the Great Southern Plan ft. Ian Walker

    Together with the Traditional Owner groups of the southern Great Barrier Reef, we have embarked on a new chapter in Marine Park management by developing a Southern Plan of Management for the area south of approximately Midge Point to the southern boundary of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Reef Authority General Manager Ian Walker joined us to talk about the Southern Plan of Management, including what a plan of management means, how it will safeguard the Reef, who's involved, and what it means for Reef users. More: reefauthority,

  • The origin of zoning ft. Josh Thomas

    The origin of zoning ft. Josh Thomas

    This year will mark 20 years of Marine Park Zoning, but did you know that that the history of zoning on the Great Barrier Reef actually dates back to the early 80s?   Reef Authority CEO Josh Thomas was in the hot seat for Episode 7 of the Reef in Focus Podcast to discuss the modern Marine Park Zoning Plan, from its early origins, inception, to the incredible benefits now being witnessed right across the Reef.  To hear more, along with the perils of being a New South Welshman living in North Queensland when the other 'Origin' rolls around, check out the latest episode of Reef in Focus.  More: reefauthority,

  • The recipe for Reef health ft. Richard Quincey

    The recipe for Reef health ft. Richard Quincey

    Summer is a busy time on the Great Barrier Reef, with everyone from international tourists to recreational fishers heading out to enjoy the Marine Park. But how is the Reef looking as we head into its peak visitation period? It turns out there is a variety of real-time monitoring tools and techniques, from cutting-edge temperature sensing satellites to wind models, which help in answering this question. As well as laying claim to the best chilli mud-crab recipe around, Richard Quincey is General Manager of Marine Park Operations at the Reef Authority. He has been working in hands-on management roles on the Reef since joining Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service in the mid-90s. In this podcast he shares some of the challenges of monitoring Reef health and the power of collaboration with scientific partners. More:

  • Tinder for corals ft. Dr Jessica Stella

    Tinder for corals ft. Dr Jessica Stella

    Coral spawning on the Great Barrer Reef is the most spectacular reproductive show on earth - and a must-see event for reef enthusiasts worldwide. But more than just a synchronised kaleidoscope of colour, spawning also marks the regeneration of the Reef with millions of sperm and eggs shooting into the ocean. It's also an important time for other underwater fauna, with many opportunistically dining out on the nutrient-rich bounty provided by the coral polyps. But just how much do we really know about the friskiest event on the Reef? Dr Jessica Stella is a distinguished marine ecologist and Assistant Director of Reef Health at the Reef Authority. Dr Stella shares her remarkable journey from Massachusetts to the tropical wonders of North Queensland, her fascination with coral reef invertebrates, and an in-depth exploration of the captivating world of coral spawning on the Great Barrier Reef. More:

  • From crocs to coral ft. Dr Mark Read

    From crocs to coral ft. Dr Mark Read

    From tracking crocodiles around Cape York to managing a reef the size of Italy, Dr Mark Read is a lifelong wildlife fanatic and passionate protector of the Marine Park. In episode 4 of Reef in Focus, we caught up with Mark, who is Director of Field Management Strategy at the Reef Authority, to chat all things Reef resilience, field management, and the power of collaboration in protecting the Marine Park. Dr Read also shares a fascinating story on the origins of Marine Park zoning in 1981, why zoning is so successful in protecting the Reef, and how it has evolved to be akin to an 'investment portfolio', yielding increased biodiversity and fish stocks for future generations. More: