The Great Barrier Reef coral community has taken the attention of many people after an online magazine has pronounced the world’s largest ecosystem to be dead in an obituary format. Although the severity of the article is not true, facts reveal the living structure is dying; and we can do something to prevent it.
The Great Barrier Reef coral cover found in Australia is a World Heritage Site and one of the seven wonders of the natural world. The magnificence of the ecosystem that houses thousands of corals and different species of fishes and birds can leave anyone in awe. Letting our generation see that last sight of it, and allowing it to die, can be devastating.
Suffering from the worst bleaching event in the reef’s history, 93 percent of the corals have experienced coral bleaching, a phenomena that occurs when water temperature is too high, which causes the corals to expel algae that turns them white.
Fortunately, there is still hope.
Although most of the corals in the northern part of the reef are dead, some of the corals, especially in the southern part, are resilient enough to bounce back albeit being in poor shape.
The battle to recover is going to be a long and slow process, but collective effort can help us get there eventually. That is if measures are going to be consistent as the regenerating process is not a one-time shot.
The said measure that needs to be conducted includes the prevention of overfishing in reefs, reducing chemical pollution in water, and switching practices of land use. Ultimately, the main goal is to keep a healthy microbial community.
Meanwhile, climate change, which causes coral bleaching, is a larger and harder battle to take.
Mass extinctions have already wiped out over 90 percent of species in the planet. What sets apart the incident this time is that it is majorly caused by human actions.
The Great Barrier Reef Coral cover is not dead yet, but if we do not take action now, it will be an impending future to face.
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