Outlook bright for local reefs
POSEIDON Outer Reef Tours owner Peter Wright believes the Great Barrier Reef is doing better than ever.
Despite scientific reports outlined in last week’s Gazette suggesting coral reefs around the world will decline at different rates, Mr Wright is optimistic about the reef’s future in our backyard.
“Despite what the doomsayers are saying, the coral is growing,” Wright said. “The reef is looking better than ever, the fish stocks are all coming back to their natural balance and the coral is vigorously regrowing since Cyclone Yasi.”
His response comes after a scientific review claimed coral reefs around the world will decline at different rates due to climate change and ocean acidification.
“There will be a change in percentage and representation of different types of coral but I don’t think it’s correct that the whole reef will collapse,” Mr Wright said. “Coral has a lot of resilience, they have coped with pretty harsh conditions, the biggest worry will be a sudden change.”
Mr Wright has been diving for 50 years and has seen an increase in the fish population since the rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef, which created more protected areas and has also watched the reef reform after cyclones Larry and Yasi.
Better than ever: the Great Barrier Reef