We recently hosted a fantastic two-day Citizen Science event at Pancake Creek, engaging our community in essential reef monitoring activities. Our overall purpose for this event was to raise awareness around current challenges for the reef, showcase how rare Pancake Reef is, and initiate self stewardship and compliance in our community.

On the first day, we gathered at our dive center for an educational session where participants learned how to conduct Eye on the Reef Rapid Monitoring Surveys. We also guided them on using the Eye on the Reef and iNaturalist apps, empowering them to contribute to reef monitoring in their everyday lives.

The following day, we took our enthusiastic group to Pancake Creek for hands-on experience. Under the guidance of our expert team, participants conducted rapid monitoring surveys, collecting valuable data on marine life and reef conditions. This data is crucial for the Reef Authority to understand the reef’s health and develop effective resilience plans.

The event was a resounding success, showcasing the power of community involvement in protecting our precious marine ecosystems. Participants not only gained knowledge and skills but also formed a deeper connection with the reef, reinforcing the importance of their contributions to reef conservation.

We are grateful to everyone who joined us and look forward to hosting more events like this in the future. Together, we can make a significant impact on preserving the Great Barrier Reef for generations to come. Thank you for your dedication and support!

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