Australia’s Famed Great Barrier Reef Sets Record for Gain in Coral

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Marine Physicist Dr. Peter Ridd, who won a settlement of $1.2 million after he was wrongly sacked by James Cook University for saying that the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is not damaged, says “we should be celebrating” after a report was released revealing the GBR has had mass coral growth. “It’s proof that the Reef is in wonderful condition.” He said that this shows that institutions and media are untrustworthy as they have been saying that there have been four unprecedented bleaching events since 2016, yet there is record-high coral cover. Hard coral cover has increased by 33% in the central part of the reef and by 36% in the northern part of the reef, which are at their highest levels in 36 years. The southern area of the reef decreased in cover since 2021 due to starfish that feed on coral.

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Part of the Great Barrier Reef is experiencing its highest coral cover on record, according to an annual report from the Australian Institute of Marine Science, though the reef still faces risks.

The report found that fast-growing corals in the central and northern parts of the reef have helped the areas increase hard coral cover to 33 and 36 percent respectively, a 36-year high for both zones.

The researchers attributed this change to low heat stress and fewer acute events, like cyclones or mass coral bleaching, in 2020-2022 compared to 2016-17, but cautioned these stressors are expected to increase in future years, straining the world’s largest coral reef system.

“In periods free from intense acute disturbances, most GBR coral reefs demonstrate resilience through the ability to begin recovery. However, the reefs of the GBR continue to be exposed to cumulative stressors,” the researchers wrote in the report released Thursday.

The reefs currently have between 10 and 50 percent coral cover, though nearly half had cover below 30 percent.

Earlier this year, Australian scientists reported that more than 90 percent of the reef had been bleached, a heat-stress effect caused by global warming.

Intense heatwaves and tropical cyclones are also expected to curb the Great Barrier Reef’s recovery. The southern area of the reef decreased in cover since 2021 — attributed to an outbreak of a starfish that feeds on coral.

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terry shead
terry shead
3 months ago

What a bunch of Liars this Mafia is, if they lie on this, what about the biggest Scam Covid? For flip sake Wake up.

Ragnar D.
Ragnar D.
3 months ago

This is like the Al Gore polar bears who supposedly were running out of ice bergs a few years back due to global warming because selfish Americans drove their gas-guzzling SUVs too much. It may be harder for the propagandists to come up with a cute little sympathetic coral reef organism to incorporate into Coca Cola commercials at Christmas time.