The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's iconic places but many members of Australia's community do not have easy access to enjoy it. At present, tourism and education centers rely heavily on information and visual imagery about the reef and its organisms from the internet. Many of these images are not current. In addition, there is intense community interest in what is happening to our reefs as the climate changes and as they undergo environmental disturbance. There is a clear need for real-time visual images of reefs and the changes that they undergo for research, conservation, promotional and education purposes. This will assist the community to better understand and appreciate the Great Barrier Reef. Another advantage of this project is to value-add to tourism in the Capricornia region following the destruction of reef after the 2011 and 2013 floods.
When Dr Jones found out that many local school children have never snorkeled or seen the reef except on TV she was determined that they would at, even if they could not get to snorkel they would at least have access to live video footage of their local reefs and marine life. You can contribute to completing this project by visiting http://www.ipledg.com/l/keppel-reef-camera and donating towards the small amount of money that we need to raise. This is a community project aimed at giving ordinary people access to live reef images and raising funds to pay for community based conservation.