Report Finds Parts Of The Great Barrier Reef Show Highest Coral Cover In 36 Years

Climate change is a reality that we all deal with.

There are times when it affects people in other parts of the world and at other times, it may affect us directly. Then again, some aspects of climate change affect all of us.

That is the case with the destruction of the coral reefs due to the warmer ocean waters we’ve seen in recent years. One reef that has been studied extensively and has suffered greatly is the Great Barrier Reef.

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It was 36 years ago when the Great Barrier Reef began to be monitored by the Australian Institute of Marine Science. We become accustomed to hearing bad news about the reef, but it seems as if they have something positive to send our way in their latest report.

According to the report, two-thirds of the reef is now showing higher levels of coral cover. In fact, it is the highest in those areas since 1985, when the monitoring process began.

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To the north, hard coral cover increased by 36% in 2022. Back in 2017, a low of 13% was recorded.

In the central region, hard coral cover improved to 33%. In 2019, the low was recorded at 12%.

The report states: “In 2022, widespread recovery has led to the highest coral cover recorded by the LTMP in the Northern and Central GBR, largely due to increases in the fast-growing Acropora corals, which are the dominant group of corals on the GBR and have been largely responsible previous changes in hard coral cover.”

Photo: flickr/Kyle Taylor

One of the scientists and a senior researcher with the Institute, Mike Emslie, described the reef as being “vibrant and still resilient,” in a release from the Australian Institute of Marine Science. He observed that the reef is able to bounce back from disturbances if it is provided with the opportunity to do so.

Although there are still concerns about the future of the reef, it seems as if today, it is still a wonderful and beautiful place to see.

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