CSIRO is currently conducting a study to determine what the Great Barrier Reef means to those who visit, live and work nearby.
The results will provide a valuable and interesting insight into people’s perceptions on the whole of the Great Barrier Reef, including marine tourism, traditional owners, ports and shipping, aquaculture, mining, residents and coastal communities.
The new social study is targeting approximately 5,000 residents along the Queensland coast between Cooktown and Bundaberg over the next two months. “Findings will provide information to reef managers, businesses and government to help them make decisions that reflect the needs of the people who interact with the reef” says CSIRO social scientist and project leader Dr Nadine Marshall.
If you live in these areas, keep an eye out for CSIRO representatives who will be approaching likely participants in public areas.
Results are to be published towards the end of the year.
To read more about the study, click here.