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Saturday, 21 August 2021

RON ISBELL REEF (under construction)

Ron Isbell (Courtesy Scott Ransom 1974)

On 1 August 2009, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority named a
reef in the Mackay/Capricorn Management Area of the Marine Park "Ron
Isbel Reef".
Ron Isbel was a well respected charter boat operator focusing mainly on the southern Great Barrier Reef. Naming a reef in the Swains Reefs is a fitting tribute to his contribution of knowledge, passion and ability to foster world-wide recognition of the Great Barrier Reef.
Size: 527 ha
Zone: Habitat Protection (Dark Blue) Zone
Management Area: Mackay / Capricorn Management Area
Managed by: the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
The name was agreed to under Memorandum of Understanding between Australian Hydrographic Office, Department of Environment and Resource Management and theGreat Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority who named the reef on 1 August 2009.
Ron Isbel passed away on 10 November 2008, aged 79.

Sea Hunt was the first purpose-built charter boat for freedivers & line fishermen (1968).  Scuba diving charters came a few years later. 

               Sea Hunt was replaced by Ron with Tropic Rover  a motor-sailer.

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