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Great Barrier Reef: Mining industry told foreign journalists ports not a danger

Tue 26 May 2015
Foreign journalists who attended an Australian government-sponsored fact-finding tour on the health of the Great Barrier Reef were briefed by the mining industry that shipping and ports posed no danger to coral.

Federal Government funding cuts mean Australia isn’t prepared to deal with next ‘Shen Neng’ Reef Shipping disaster

Tue 26 May 2015
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has said funding cuts to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and plans to increase shipping through the Reef means Australia is ill-equipped to deal with the next shipping disaster like the 2010 Shen Neng grounding.

Writer on quest to protect our reef

Sat 23 May 2015
AUTHOR and conservationist Tim Winton visited Mackay as patron of the Australian Marine Conservation Society. It was his first visit to the region purely for conservation, marking 50 years of the group.

Opinion: To protect our environment, we need long-term thinkers

Sat 23 May 2015
THE scylla serrata just kept coming. They were beauties. Big, fat things trying to chomp the nearest toe in the bottom of the boat.

Media Release: AMCS turns 50!

Fri 22 May 2015
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is celebrating fifty years of caring for Australia's oceans.

Opinion: Swimming in right direction with Reef action but health won’t improve overnight after years of neglect

Fri 22 May 2015
APART from the odd holiday and a bit of sunburn, Australia has chosen largely to ignore the Great Barrier Reef for the past 100 years.

All eyes on locals as film premieres

Thu 21 May 2015
"TO THINK that something you've grown up with may not be there anymore - it is a horrible feeling and you want to do everything you can to keep that memory ... alive,"

explained Ocean Rafting skipper and environmental officer Sarah Perry during her big-screen debut on Monday night.

Tim Winton believes Qlders 'don't know how lucky they are'

Thu 21 May 2015
PROLIFIC author Tim Winton's bedside table has "a lot of dust" on it.

Remaining busy though, Mr Winton was in Mackay with the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) on his first visit solely for conservation.

Ponzi scheme of overfishing is something Australia must not enter: TEDx speaker Daniel Pauly

Thu 21 May 2015
For Australians who like to eat fish, here's some uplifting news fresh from an international expert who gloomily describes the world's oceans as a "giant Ponzi scheme" of overfishing.

Container deposit scheme for Qld?

Wed 20 May 2015
It's high time for Queenslanders to consider a container deposit scheme, the state government says.

Media Release: Queensland Closer to Cash for Containers

Wed 20 May 2015
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has welcomed today’s announcement that the Queensland Government will investigate a cash for containers scheme.

Ban balloons to save birds, say scientists

Tue 19 May 2015
Releasing balloons en masse into the sky to mark funerals and other ceremonies is killing birds, say scientists who have called for the practice to be banned.

Diplomats give verdict on Great Barrier Reef

Mon 18 May 2015
DIPLOMATS of nations who will decide if the Great Barrier Reef will be listed as in danger have told of astonishment at the beauty of the reef.

The diplomats have been feted in reef trips and overseas jaunts in Australia’s highest profile global environmental campaign and lobbying effort to try and prevent the listing.

AMCS critical of Minister Hunt over Reef promo tour for World Heritage committee delegates

Mon 18 May 2015
The Australian Marine Conservation Society expressed concern today that the Australian Minister for the Environment continues to focus on spinning the health of the Great Barrier Reef to members of the World Heritage Committee rather than fully fixing the problems.

Great Barrier Reef's health reportedly improving

Wed 13 May 2015
AUSTRALIA'S greatest environmental wonder will reportedly receive positive results in an upcoming health report.

AMCS slams Hunt’s claims on World Heritage Committee in danger listing

Wed 13 May 2015
The Australian Marine Conservation Society has called on the Environment Minister Greg Hunt to stop misrepresenting the condition of the Reef, the effectiveness of his own plan to protect it, and the positions of groups fighting for the Reef’s protection.

Environment Minister needs to acknowledge there is much more to be done to protect the Reef

Tue 12 May 2015
The Australian Marine Conservation Society has criticised the Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt for misrepresenting the plight of the Great Barrier Reef.

Celebrate 50 years of caring for our oceans with the Australian Marine Conservation Society and author Tim Winton

Mon 11 May 2015
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), in collaboration with the Whitsunday Residents Against Dumping (WRAD) and award winning Australian author Tim Winton are hosting an event to celebrate 50 years of protecting Australia’s Oceans.

Large Reef “to do” list remains before June World Heritage Committee meeting

Mon 11 May 2015
With just 50 days before the World Heritage Committee meets in June, WWF-Australia and the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) today released an urgent Reef “to do” list for the Queensland and Federal Governments.

AMCS calls on Hunt to stop sleight of hand over Reef funding

Mon 11 May 2015
The Australian Marine Conservation Society expressed concern today that the Australian Minister for the Environment is seeking to pull the wool over the eyes of Virgin Airlines Chief, Richard Branson, over the state of the Great Barrier Reef.

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