Great Barrier Reef to Get New State-of-the-Art Patrol Vessel with Night Detection Technology
To curb poaching and help in protection efforts, the Great Barrier Reef will soon have a new state-of-the-art patrol vessel.
| Published: November 14, 2017 8:03 AM IST
Published: November 14, 2017 8:03 AM IST | Updated: November 14, 2017 8:03 AM IST
Great Barrier Reef in Australia
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia has been under constant threat of extinction for quite some time now. Conservationists have been expressing concern that the Great Barrier Reef is dying. Even as some marine biologists think that the reef is not dying but undergoing major changes on account of climate change, there is no denying that the Reef needs protection. Activities like poaching have taken their toll on the marine life in The Great Barrier Reef. Just recently, 78 recreational fishing offences were recorded off the Townsville and Whitsunday region. The Great Barrier Reef is at a crucial stage of recovery right now which means that such activities can have a serious ecological impact and also threaten Reef resilience. This is perhaps why poaching in marine protected areas is treated as a serious offence. Mercifully, the world has taken notice of the threat to the Great Barrier Reef and authorities are doing everything possible to ensure its protection. The latest addition to these protection efforts is a new state-of-the-art patrol vessel. ALSO SEE The Great Barrier Reef is having sex and it is glorious to watch!
To help with efforts in curbing poaching in the region, a custom-built, high-speed Reef Sentinel will employ night detection technology so that it can effectively target illegal activity in protected marine areas. Costing $ 735,000, this vessel will be stationed on Magnetic Island and will be used by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Thanks to its state-of-the-art design and technology, the patrol vessel will be able to cover large distance at quick speeds and also provide quick turnaround time to offshore Marine Park incidents. It is equipped with over-the-horizon radar capabilities that will help locate small-to-medium-sized vessels poaching from no-take zones at night.
Diving in Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is one of the most popular and beautiful natural wonders in the world. It is a marvelous diving destination and the variety of marine life here is unparalleled. Just recently, a marine biologist Johnny Gaskell discovered a blue hole in the Reef that is potentially older that the world famous Belize blue hole. It is of utmost importance that we do all that we can to preserve this magnificent marvel. The new patrol vessel is certainly a step in the right direction.