Great Barrier Reef
Be a Great Barrier Reef ecotour leader!
Gday, mate! The Land Down Underthats Australia to you, seppohas a problem. The government wants to give tourists ecotours of the Great Barrier Reef, but it needs qualified tour guides. Shes apples if youre at the reef all daysunshine and all the snorkeling you can handle (in your free time, of course) None of us Aussies has a clue about being an ecotour guide. Why dont you apply?
Work with a mate on this assignment. Your goal is to convince the Australian government that you would be the most qualified people to give ecotours of the Great Barrier Reef. Whats an ecotour, you say? Learn more about this relatively new field at http://www.ecotourism.org.
The Great Barrier Reef lies off the east coast of Australia. It is the worlds largest coral reef. Coral reefs have been called the tropical rain forests of the ocean. The Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage Area, is a popular tourist site, as well as an important environmental resource. To get the job as ecotour-guide, youll need to know a lot about the reef, and about how to visit it in an environmentally sound way. You can find helpful information at Trishans Page of Oz (http://www.ozramp.net.au/~senani/barrier.htm) or at the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency site (www.env.qld.gov.au/environment/coast/reef/), or by going to other sites.
Take notes, because youre going to be making a brochure to promote your venture.
Creating Your Brochure
Here are some suggestions on what you might want to include in your brochure:
A map of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. (Make sure your map includes latitude and longitude, and TODALSS, a cartographers way of remembering these map elements: Title, Orientation, Data, Author, Legend, Scale, Source.)
A description of a coral reef: What is a coral reef? Why are coral reefs important?
The reason why the Great Barrier Reef can be called a region. What are the unique characteristics of this region?
A list of
some of the species that inhabit the Great Barrier Reef, including various kinds of fish, coral, mollusks (such as clams and sea slugs), seaweed, birds, sea snakes, and sea turtles;
Tips for responsible techniques and practices for marine ecotourism.
natural and human-induced threats to the Great Barrier Reef; and
things people can do to help save the reef.
For design tips and a checklist of more items your brochure could feature, go to the About.com Website (in Web Links). Make sure all the information you include focuses on ecotourism.
Making Your Pitch
Use what you have learned about the environmental importance of coral reefs and the benefits of ecotourism to convince the Australian government to hire your team to give ecotours of the Great Barrier Reef. Explain the ways in which humans are modifying this region and what people can do to help save the reef.
You dont have to live near the coast to have an effect on a coral reef. To find out what steps the Environmental Protection Agency is taking to protect coral reefs and how you can contribute to this effort, go to http://www.epa.gov/owow/oceans/factsheets/
Consider participating in the annual International Coastal Cleanup.
You can find the list of state coordinators for this project at the Center for Marine Conservation (http://www.cmc-ocean.org/cleanupbro/coord/US/
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