REEF MON­I­TORS

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

The Great Bar­rier Reef Marine Park Au­thor­ity and the tourism in­dus­try are urg­ing visi­tors and those who work in the Marine Park to mon­i­tor closely any im­pacts from un­usu­ally high wa­ter tem­per­a­tures on the Reef. Twelve months of sus­tained above-av­er­age tem­per­a­tures in the wake of last year’s coral bleach­ing event prompted the ap­peal to tour op­er­a­tors, fish­ers, sci­en­tists and other visi­tors to re­port any signs of coral bleach­ing on the vast 348,000-squarek­ilo­me­tre ecosys­tem. “We are re­ceiv­ing anec­do­tal re­ports of bleach­ing, not­ing some low-level coral bleach­ing typ­i­cally oc­curs most sum­mers,” Great Bar­rier Reef Marine Park Au­thor­ity Chair­man Dr Rus­sell Re­ichelt said.

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