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Fiona Merida

Assistant Director Tourism and Education, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Fiona Merida


Fiona is a marine biologist who has worked in marine protected area management, education and tourism for more than 15 years, specialising in the Great Barrier Reef.

Day-to-day Fiona leads the Reef tourism engagement and education programs at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. As part of her role, Fiona works with the tourism industry on a number of programs designed to enhance best practice, develop understanding about the values of the Reef, and harness industry knowledge about Reef health. These programs include Master Reef Guides, Reef Discovery Course, High Standard Tourism Operator and Eye on the Reef.

Fiona represents the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in a number of fora and as a media spokesperson. Fiona has presented a TEDx talk – The Great Barrier Reef – life’s wake-up call, which tells her personal story of exploration of the Great Barrier Reef.