Survey finds devastation but vast areas untouched Reef damage patchy
W H I L E C y c l o n e Y a s i crippled the North during it’s onslaught, an underwater survey yesterday revealed the devastating impact it had under the sea.
But in some good news for tourism operators, while the Great Barrier Reef was devastated in parts, vast pockets remain untouched.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority assessment c o - o r d i n a t o r D r P a u l Marshall said about 13 per cent of the Great Barrier Reef – representing about 300km of the 2400km-long reef – had been exposed to Yasi’s destructive winds.
‘‘ The good news is that the damage to these reefs has been patchy," he said.
‘‘ In some instances, neighbouring reefs and coral structures have remained relatively unharmed.’’ cyclone, particularly on Dunk and Bedarra Islands, have suffered quite severe damage to their facilities and we will be talking to those operators about their plans to recommence operations,’’ he said.
‘‘ However, Cyclone Yasi tracked between the main tourism sites in Cairns, Port Douglas and the Whitsundays and those areas are still thriving with life’’.