We are so excited to announce that Australia’s #GreatSouthernReef has now gained international acknowledgment by being named @Mission_Blue newest #HopeSpot in recognition of its raw beauty, biodiversity, indigenous values and the work of local stewards in conducting key research, education and raising public awareness.
Fringing the southern half of Australia the Great Southern Reef is an interconnected network home to thousands of species; including the iconic giant cuttlefish, leafy seadragons, australian sealions and giant kelp forests – and scientists estimate that there are tens of thousands of species yet to be discovered.
Dr. Sylvia Earle, Founder of Mission Blue elaborates, “The Great Southern Reef is a fantastic example of how the natural world can thrive when we leave it alone. However, more must be done, because right now the Reef faces extreme threats from climate change and oil drilling. We need to embrace the identity of the GSR so all can understand and appreciate this ecosystem, so we can forge ahead and do everything possible to protect it.”
Our team at Balu Blue, worked alongside Ocean Imaging and we have been named Hope Spot Champions for the Great Southern Reef.
We at BaluBlueFoundation are a not-for-profit organisation aspiring to drive research, conservation and protection of our natural assets, with a special focus on under-appreciated ecosystems like the #GreatSouthernReef.
@Ocean_Imaging are developing films and educational materials that will focus on inspiring a fresh perspective on these vital marine ecosystems. To learn more and stay up to date with everything Great Southern Reef, sign up for updates at www.greatsouthernreef.com