Tourism vs. Great Barrier Reef: John Rumney

John Rumney is considered a true legend of the Great Barrier Reef. For decades the passionate diver and boat operator has been taking tourists and scientists to visit it, and has witnessed firsthand the decline of the world’s mightiest and most famous coral reef.

John was at the forefront of introducing eco-tourism to the Reef, and to this day he’s an advocate for doing it right. He’s also so committed to saving the Reef that he recently created the Great Barrier Reef Legacy, a program that aims to improve the long-term survival of this precious ecosystem through research.

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