The Great Barrier Reef — dying, doomed or doing just fine?
In July, Paul Hardistry, CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science and a NMSC member, wrote an opinion piece on the state of the Reef for The Australian. In it, he highlights the diametrically opposed and equally false messages that commentators drew from an AIMS monitoring report on the Reef.
The Reef, he argued, is neither fine nor dying. The truth is somewhere in between. However, he also pointed to the Reef’s not-so rosy long-term outlook. Forty years of AIMS data shows the iconic Reef is under growing pressure from coral bleaching, crown-of-thorns starfish, cyclones and poor quality, with climate change emerging as the number one threat.
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