The Great Barrier Reef is on the Mend

A positive update

After the strict warning for the great barrier nearing its death due to the coral bleaching on a huge scale in 2016 as well as 2017, now Tourism and Events Queensland has positively updated us about the great barrier reef of Australia starting to recover in the areas which got severely affected.

Reports by the nonprofit Reef & Rainforest Research Centre say that the coral reef is getting better as the summers of the past two years have been a little less harsh and also because science, government and industry, all three have worked hands in hands to back the recovery of the reef.

What is coral bleaching?

2300 km long, the Great Barrier Reef is the longest and largest coral reef system of the world. When the temperature of the water is too high, corals expel the algae and this results in coral bleaching as coral turns completely white in the process. The corals become subject to mortality due to coral bleaching. The report says the following in this matter,

“if the stress conditions persist, the coral will die, the report says, but if conditions return to acceptable levels, some coral can reabsorb the substance and recover.”

Survey by RRC

Together with the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators, the Reefs research Center surveyed the affected area in 2016 as well as in 2017 in depth. When they compare the present reef condition to their survey, they conclude that some particular reefs that became highlighted victims of the coral bleaching are restoring.

The reality check

Dollars 201 million have been raised to improve the water quality in the reefs via the dominant charity foundation called Great Barrier Reef Foundation. Even after all the hard work of the scientists, most credit goes to the milder weathers of 2017 to 2018 which let coral reef get better, but, returning to its bad condition is just a matter of another bad and harsh summers.

“Saxon Reef, for example, suffered some form of bleaching on 47.1 percent of its live coral cover during the 2016 event. Fortunately, much of the bleached coral recovered thanks to better conditions experienced in 2018,” Sheriden Morris, RRRC Managing Director, said in a statement.

“However, this recovery is always going to be contingent on environmental conditions.”

He further reminded us by saying, “we all know that the reef may suffer further bleaching events as the climate continues to warm, but we have to do everything we possibly can to help protect our Great Barrier Reef.”