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Cairns-Port Douglas Reef Hub 2022 Year in Review
by Abbi Scott, Hub network Coordinator
In 2022, the Cairns-Port Douglas Reef Hub kicked off on-ground operations with workshops, meetings, training and an on-water workshop day. The activities have brought together local tourism operators, stakeholders and Traditional Owners in the region who are working on, or are interested in, reef stewardship projects.
The year commenced with the first Hub network workshop, providing an opportunity to meet, share ideas, learn more about the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP), and shape the future of the Hub as a collective. Participants identified priorities for the year including; training and upskilling, knowledge sharing, connecting with relevant research and piloting ways to work together for impact.
As part of the building network connections and knowledge-sharing, the Hub held an on-water workshop to Moore Reef, providing an opportunity for networking across Traditional Owners, local practioners, tourism, scientist, managers and tourism. Gunggandji Traditional Owners who welcomed the group to Sea Country and shared some of their knowledge. The trip included observations of several reef stewardship projects in action, with a snorkel tour of the Mars reef stars and a demonstration of how to deploy and monitor coral aquaculture deployment (CAD) devices by AIMS.
Participant in-water at Moore Reef as part of a field day. (Credit: Matt Curnock)
Workshop participants studying coral morphology
Importantly, this year also saw design and implementation for the first on-ground pilot project with the Hub network commence. Gunggandji Traditional Owners, Reef Magic, Reef Restoration Foundation, CSIRO, AIMS came together with Hub Coordinators at JCU TropWATER to develop a collaborative monitoring project for coral seeding devices at Moore Reef, and then expand experimental sites to tourism visitation areas. The early success of this project has highlighted the value of this approach, and in 2023, Hub activities will focus on incubating more pilot projects to deliver on multiple goals.
This year was a great start to Hub activities and we are looking forward to building on this in 2023.