FAQ

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. Giclee make such high-quality prints because the camera or scanner used to capture or scan the art is able to do so with a high level of resolution. For example, digital photos are typicaly recorded at a resolution of 72 DPI (dots per inch) while the image file of an art print needs to be at least 300 DPI. Ultimately, the more dots of color that can be printed in a small area, the more detailed your final image will appear.




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?


We will donate 10% of any profits made from the sale of our prints to the Great Barrier Reef Legacy and Great Barrier Reef Foundation: "Coral reefs are in crisis and time is no longer on our side. This is a critical opportunity to step up and make a diference. We are witnessing coral losses on a scale never seen before. This situation has global ramifications for one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems and the millions of people whose livelihoods depend on healthy coral reefs. Climate change is the major, global threat to coral reefs. Its effects add to regional and local impacts from coastal development, poor water quality, crown-of-thorns starfish, fishing and marine debris." For more information visit the website here ( https://greatbarrierreeflegacy.org/) "The Great Barrier Reef Foundation exists to ensure a Great Barrier Reef for future generations. We seek out the solutions and innovations that will also benefit coral reefs globally as they tackle the same threats and challenges facing the world's largest coral reef. The funds we raise are directed to projects with large scale impact – that go to the heart of saving coral reefs and the animals that depend on them." For more information visit the website here ( https://www.barrierreef.org/)




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.





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