Honour for man
A reef has been named in honour of the internationally renowned
who loved sharks
marine conservationist and photographer, Ron Taylor, who died last year.
General Manager of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Bruce Elliot said it was a fitting way to recognise Mr Taylor’s work as one of the country’s first marine conservationists.
“Ron lived an amazingly full life, ironically starting off as a champion spear fisherman and eventually becoming a world renowned marine conservationist,” Mr Elliot said.
Mr Elliot said Mr Taylor and his wife, Valerie, shared a life of wonderful adventures spreading their enthusiasm for marine conservation and educating others on the virtues of sharks.
He said the couple spent 40 years sharing their shark and marine conservation message while filming animals of the deep in different locations all over the world.
“Together they changed the perception of sharks, educating others on the species’ importance in maintaining a balance in healthy ocean ecosystems,” Mr Elliot said.
He said the Taylors’ conservation work not only encompassed sharks. They also contributed greatly to gathering support for the conservation of the Great Barrier Reef and its animals.
Valerie Taylor said filming on the Great Barrier Reef launched their careers as cinema-photographers and conservationists.
Ron Taylor Reef (21-284) is located in the Swains Reefs region, approximately 350 kilometres east of Mackay (Lat 21.137°S, Long 152.528°E).
It was officially named through a formal process in conjunction with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Royal Australian Navy–Australian Hydrographic Office and the Queensland Government.
Edition 385, 29 October 2013