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Congratulations to our raffle winners!

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This year’s Marine Response Team Raffle 2015 has been a successful fundraiser for the team, thanks to all involved! Special thanks to the local businesses that donated prizes. Click here to see our generous sponsors!




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Seventy One Percent – marine conservation themed art exhibition

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A group of James Cook University students is presenting an art exhibition this June on the theme of our positive and negative relationship with the ocean. Titled Seventy One Percent – the percentage of the earth’s surface that is water – the event is a group exhibition comprised of emerging and established artists who share a concern for the environment.

You are invited! – Join the facebook event here.

logoThe event is being hosted through the Cairns Regional Council’s Urban Spaces program, with the space a pop-up gallery at 33 Lake Street. Free to the public, the event will officially open on Saturday, 13th June at 6:30pm. Local emerging musician Micki will provide entertainment throughout the night. The CAFNEC Marine Response Team will be on hand to provide information to the attendees. The exhibition will remain open every day until the 23rd June.

The diverse exhibition will showcase work from dresses made of plastic – a comment on marine pollution – to colour field paintings exploring the colours and vibrancy of the ocean. Projection, assemblage, sculpture, digital prints, and paintings will create an immersive experience that the curators hope will raise awareness of the beauty and fragility of the marine environment, and our role in looking after it.

The organising team behind this project are all studying Creative Industries at James Cook University, and as senior students will soon be joining the creative community of Cairns. They are fundraising for the project and any excess funds will be donated to the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre for the Cairns Drain Stencil Project.

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World Heritage Day event Cairns – message in a bottle

Join us for a picnic at the Esplanade this Saturday (April 18th) to celebrate World Heritage Day .

Let’s make sure Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, gets the message that we want our national treasure “the Reef” protected.


Where: Cairns Esplanade Eastern events lawn, (East of the Lagoon) – map link below.

What: Picnic and opportunity to send your ‘message in a bottle’ to Greg Hunt

 When: Sat 18th April, 12-2:00pm


Our aim this World Heritage Day is to send as many ‘messages in a bottle’ to Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt so he knows how precious and fragile the Reef is to all Australians.

Communities around the country will be coming together on World Heritage Day to send their messages to Greg Hunt and stand up for the Reef.

Join us for a sausage, a cold drink, some good conversation, maybe some acoustic music and a chance to send your message on reef protection.

Meet members of the CAFNEC Marine Response Team and other like-minded people for a pleasant picnic with a purpose – see you there :)

Facebook event page – Please hit the ‘I’m going’ button, share the event with your friends and family. Also please consider heading to the Cafnec Marine Response Team facebook page and supporting us with a ‘like’. Thank you.




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Reef Hour @ Salt House presented by the CAFNEC Marine Response team

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The Great Barrier Reef and the future of reef tourism.

Your reef – your jobs – your future

The Marine Response Team has now hosted a two ‘Reef Hour’ events. These events feature short presentations from tourism professionals and environmental experts and a chance for informal discussions with peers in a relaxed atmosphere.

Discussion Points

  • UNESCO concerns and ‘World Heritage in danger’ listing
  • The future of the reef and the Reef 2050 plan
  • How to have your say on Reef 2050
  • Dredging and tourism

Speakers so far: Mark Fraenkel, Owner, Blue Dive. Josh Coates, Marine Biologist. Xanthe Rivett, professional underwater photographer.

Missed Out? Stay Tuned Here For the Next Reef Hour