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Reef Report for Saturday, March 4, 2000

Cyclone Stories

I hope that most of you have by now managed to pick up most of the debris and have resumed normal life in the wake of recent cyclone activity. My heart goes out to those who faired not so favorably.

The tourism industry reported a mixed bag of tales of highs and lows. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises Gladly, the industry closest to my heart, our local dive operators-- weathered the cyclones admirably. After speaking to a number of local dive businesses this week, I was glad to hear that no boats went under. John from Sunlover commented on the quick response by the Harbor Master, Port Authority, and reef operators who all pulled together to smoothly (and without incident) get all the boats up the inlet and under cover up the creek in response to cyclone warnings.

John also reported that the Sunlover pontoon at Moore Reef faired extremely well. A few sections of awning had blown apart, but were quickly repaired on Monday. Dani from Great Adventures said that both GA's pontoons were unscathed. Max from Quicksilver also reported no pontoon damage and said that Quicksilver had resumed business as normal on the beautiful Agincourt on Tuesday.

Visibility on the reefs is greatly improving with each day. Guests on Scubapro have experienced 7-8 metre clarity. However, winds are predicted to pick up to 15 knots over the weekend, reducing visibility once again. The main offender to the Moore Reefís visibility has been the runoff into the ocean from the Barron and Russell rivers, creating a current line that has extended almost 65km out to sea.

So itís not perfect diving... ...but the fish life is extremely active and abundant, with the beautiful coral living up to all expectations!

(C) Pro Dive Cairns The weekly reef report is written by Sue-Anne Chapman of Pro Dive Cairns, who compiles them from the many conversations she has with divers, dive instructors, captains, and others in the Cairns dive community. The report is published weekly in the Cairn Post, the local daily paper and appears here thanks to the courtesy of Pro Dive Cairns.

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