CORAL recovery from mass bleeding events in the Far North is “Genetic Gold” for the Great Barrier Reef.
The Reef and Rainforest Research Center announced yesterday that there was a healthy and colorful coral at key reef tourism hot spots across the region, in places that had suffered from back-to-back bleaching events in 2016 and 2017.
Cairns-based agency conducted surveys of bleaching levels at several important diving centers such as Saxon, Normand and Moore reefs, which, in cooperation with the Tourist Operators for the Marine Park, show that they now show strong signs of recovery.
Director Sheriff Morris, RRRC, said several recent reports and images from marine tourism operators and their customers showed that some websites had recovered well.
“For example, the Saxon reef led some form of bleaching of 47.1
percent of its live coral lock during the 2016 event,” she said.
“Fortunately, much of the faded coral recovered thanks to better conditions experienced in 2018.
“However, this recovery will always depend on environmental conditions.
“It is important that all efforts are made to promote the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef.”
About 50 percent of the Reef groundwater corals died during the mass bleeding events, according to the Great Barrier Reef Marine, which was reported on June 20, 2017. Park Authority.
The government’s chief researcher Dr David Wachenfeld said that local signs of reef recovery in the region were encouraging.
“These corals that show new growth are genetic gold and important to regenerate the next generation of corals,” he said.
“Therefore, it is important that we do all we can to protect these corals through Crown-of-Thorn’s starfish control, local measures to improve resilience and tackle climate change at global level.”
However, he said it was important to remember that global coral reefs continue to be threatened by climate change caused by growing greenhouse gas emissions.
Quicksilver Group Environmental compliance manager Doug Baird said that all company dive sites that survived mass bleeding events had shown strong signs of recovery.
“They are looking good now,” he said.
“We were lucky that the effects of bleaching were very sticky.”