Rebooting the Reef
THE Great Barrier Reef is on the rebound.
Doomsayers after the mass bleaching events of 2016-2017 could be changing their tune after one the most successful coral spawnings in recent times.
Port Douglas based Reef guardians GBR Legacy have just returned from the most affected areas at the northern tip and were buoyed to find the region undergoing a mass spawning event. It means heat stressed corals are giving rise to the next generation of reefs.
“This gives us hope that there are still incredibly diverse and healthy sites left in all regions of the Great Barrier Reef,” Legacy founder Dr Dean Miller told the
“These are more important than ever as holding the future genetic store that can help reseed damaged reefs.
“Because no one had been up there for some time it was largely unknown if the region would undergo a successful spawn, but what we documented and saw was quite clearly a mass spawning event.”
The new-found optimism is welcome news for the Douglas Shire region that relies almost entirely on tourism.
Dr Charlie Veron, Paul Nelson, John Rumney and Dr Dean Miller aboard the M.Y Flying Fish vessel after returning from the GBR Legacy expedition.