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New Local Documentary ‘Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef’ is LIVE!

NEW RELEASE: An epic short film by National Geographic film makers, Story in Progress shot on expedition to the remote Swain Reefs during the Great Reef Census in late 2020 with Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef

THIS epic short reef documentary by National Geographic film makers, Story in Progress, is shot on expedition to the remote Swain Reefs during the Great Reef Census in late 2020.

Onboard were a team of scientists, conservationists and explorers including local Great Barrier Reef Citizens team members, Professor Pete Mumby and researcher Carolina Castro-Sanguino from the University of Queensland, and local reef experts Johnny Gaskell and Sam Appleton.

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One of the ‘Five Wonders of the Great Barrier Reef’ captured by marine biologist Johnny Gaskell


Join the team as they journey 250km offshore to survey rarely visited reefs, document the coral spawning for the first time ever on the Swains and even dive the Blue Hole.

National Geographic Australia supported the launch of the reef documentary and encourages us all to get involved with a series of short clips about the expedition, the characters on board and the ambition of the Great Reef Census project.

This documentary brings to life just one of the many collaborative and diverse Great Reef Census expeditions that surveyed the Great Barrier Reef in 2020. Now that the data has been collected, it’s up to citizen scientists around the world to help analyse the survey images.

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One of the ‘Five Wonders of the Great Barrier Reef’ captured by marine biologist Johnny Gaskell

So far, over 9,000 images have been analysed by school kids, divers, influencers and reef lovers around the world. Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef have three weeks left to reach their target of 13,200 and turn all of the survey images into meaningful data for scientists – so head over to greatreefcensus.org to help protect the Great Barrier Reef.

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One of the ‘Five Wonders of the Great Barrier Reef’ captured by marine biologist Johnny Gaskell

The Great Reef Census is a Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef project, delivered with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the University of Queensland and the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and is funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the Prior Family Foundation and the Reef & Rainforest Research Centre.

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