10 interesting facts about Great Barrier Reef

01 May, 2018, 12:45 | Author: Shannon Aguilar
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The Turnbull government will partner with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation with a $444 million agreement to tackle crown-of-thorns starfish, reduce pollution into the Reef, and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

"The more we understand about the reef, the better we can protect it", Josh Frydenberg, Australian Environment Minister said to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, as per ABC news, adding that the reef is exposed to a lot of pressure, but that those problems can be solved.

The Australian government this week announced its largest-ever single investment in Great Barrier Reef protection. This is devastating, because not only is the Great Barrier Reef handsome to admire, the coral reefs are also home to endangered species including the large green turtle. Investigations showed that two successive heat waves killed almost half of the corals in the most pristine part of the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and The Department of the Environment and Energy will also get an additional funding of $56 million. But the fact remains that the greatest threat to the Great Barrier Reef?

It will also help develop coral that is more resistant to high temperatures and light stress. This is a matter of concern because such bleaching was noticed in 1998 and 2002 but, appears to have become more frequent now probably due to climate change.

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The Australian Conservation Foundation said while the government's funding boost was welcomed, "we can only guarantee a healthy reef for future generations by halting the climate pollution that is fueling global warming, and which in turn is driving mass coral bleaching and ocean acidification".

The funding includes measures to improve water quality by encouraging better farming practices, scientific research towards reef restoration and building more resilient coral by tackling the coral-eating corn of thorns starfish. The reef's health and prospects are increasingly grim.

These have been recorded in 2016, and 2017 and almost 900 miles of the UNESCO World Heritage site has been affected.

It's true that corals' health is more at risk if they are already stressed by bad water quality and predators, so Australia's current efforts aren't entirely pointless. It is the largest living structure on Earth that is visible from space. Annually, the reef has a worth of an estimated $3.7 billion, generated through fishing and tourism.

So this study involved revisiting the same reefs where we documented the bleaching in March, nine months later. Globally, the reefs form nurseries for a quarter of the world's fish.

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