Great Barrier Reef coral cover has halved in 27 years

Great Barrier Reef coral cover has halved in 27 years

A new report released today has shown the Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its coral cover in the last 27 years.

Researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science have published their findings today.

The results are the accumulation of a comprehensive reef monitoring program, which began in 1985, surveying more than 100 reefs.

Research fellow at the AIMS, Dr Peter Doherty, says over the past 27 years the reef has lost 50 per cent of its coral cover, and if the trend continues it could halve again by 2022.

 The study has shown the loss of coral is due mainly to storm damage and crown of thorns starfish.

CEO of the Institute, John Gunn, says while they can’t stop storm patterns they hope to reduce the impact of the starfish and give the reef a better chance of adapting to rising sea temperatures.

Previous Bob Carr takes Julia Gillards place at the UN
Next Greens reinforce calls for Afghanistan withdrawal

About author

Libby Dreyer
Libby Dreyer 103 posts

Libby has worked as a Senior Journalist at National Radio News since February 2011. She graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Canberra in December 2010.

View all posts by this author →

You might also like


Snow Watch Live Blog

Welcome Everyone, this blog is covering the unfolding severe weather system currently affecting the region. 5PM: The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a sheep graziers warning for parts of the East

Orange boy approached by man at bus stop

Orange police are appealing for information after a child was approached by a man in a car yesterday.

NSW Fire Season set to be the worst in 40 years

Sydney based Rural Fire Service volunteers are being taken on a tour of 11 towns including Orange, Dubbo, Cobar, Young and West Wyalong, ahead of the next fire season.


No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!