Posted by: Hendra Siry | 1 February, 2008

Reef named in honour of marine park pioneer

A reef in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park has been named in honour of marine park pioneer Mr David Perkins in recognition of his passion and dedication to the conservation of marine species and ecosystems.

Mr Perkins spent 35 years working in marine park management with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service/ Environmental Protection Agency before passing away unexpectedly last year.

A key figure during the early days of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Mr Perkins was instrumental in laying the foundations for the day-to-day management arrangements for the Great Barrier Reef.

Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Russell Reichelt said Mr Perkins was a highly respected expert in marine parks management and naming a reef in his honour was a fitting gesture.

“His work in setting up and formalising Queensland’s role in protecting and conserving the Great Barrier Reef is still seen as visionary over 25 years later.”

Perkins Reef is located in the Swains Reef section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Three other reefs have also been named in honour of people who have contributed to the knowledge and management of the Great Barrier Reef:

  • Mullers Reef, in honour of fisherman and surveyor Wally Muller;
  • Callum Shoal, in honour of cartographer Callum Brown; and
  • Peter Reef, in honour of Lieutenant Commander Peter Robert Jackson, RAN.

Source: Ocean Action Bulletin


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