Frequently asked questions
What is a Giclee print?
Giclee (pronounced gee’clay) printing on archival quality paper is one of the best print reproduction methods available. It is a process that uses a 12 colour ink jet printer, acid free papers, and pigment based archival inks. The inks used are light-fast and remain true for up to 25 years if they are kept out of the sun. This insures that your prints will never degrade or yellow over time.
Why should we care about our reefs?
According to Wikipedia, The Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest reef system, stretching along the East coast of Australia from the northern tip down to the town of Bundaberg, is composed of roughly 2,900 individual reefs and 940 islands and cays that stretch for 2,300 kilometres (1,616 mi) and cover an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia. A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Critical to the health of our Oceans, Coral reefs are important for many different reasons aside from supposedly containing the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Reefs provide the nursery’s for many of the fish species that contribute to biodiversity. Reducing biodiversity through the extinction of species inevitably leads to the breakdown in ecosystem health and function. The health, management and conservation of biodiversity, is a fundamental issue facing humankind, presenting a real challenge to biology today. The major factors that affect the health and function of our Great Barrier Reef are climate change and pollution.
What risks do our reefs face?
According to the 2014 report of the Australian Government's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), says that climate change is the most significant environmental threat to the Great Barrier Reef, while the other major environmental pressures are listed as decreased water quality from land-based runoff, impacts from coastal development and some persistent impacts from fishing activities. The reef is also threatened by storms, coral bleaching and ocean acidification.
The Reef is highly vulnerable. In the past three decades, it has lost half its coral cover, pollution has caused deadly starfish outbreaks, and global warming has produced horrific coral bleaching. Coastal development also looms as a major threat.
How will my purchase will benefit the Great Barrier Reef?
How else can I help?
You can help by making a donation directly to the Great Barrier Reef Legacy here, or Great Barrier Reef Foundation here. While there, treat yourself to a little Reef-tail therapy and help fund important Reef projects at the same time by purchasing from one of their supporters.