Great Barrier Reef Dying 2016: New Strain of Coral Might Just Save It

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Great Barrier Reef Dying 2016: New Strain of Coral Might Just Save It

According to the recent reports in Australia this 2016, The Great Barrier Reef is dying. Australia’s National Coral Bleaching Taskforce stated on a report that more than 90 percent of the Great Barrier Reef is suffering to some degree of bleaching.

Several Biologists have found the cause of coral reefs turning into white. They said that an increase of just one or two degrees of the water temperature caused the coral reefs to reject its inhabitants, the colourful algae resulting to discoloration.

Biologists are discovering ways to save the beauty of the world’s famous Reef. The reports said that a coral biologist from Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology is looking for corals that can stand the change of water temperature and breed them to create a new strain of coral.

On the other hand, several scientists in the US are also trying different methods to save the corals, according to reports from different newspapers. The year 2016 saw the Coral Reef Watch coordinator Mark Eakin stated on Monday that “How much worse that gets will depend on how we deal with global warming.”

Dr. Steven Miles, Queensland’s Minister for Environment, asked the federal government for an extra $1.65 million fund for the agency tasked to protect the Reef. Miles added that the agency is continuously protecting the Reef even if there was no increase to its funding since 2008. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service has been on this issue to save the endangered area.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine park authority was established to be the reef’s guardian. The source said that GBRMP has a critical role in protecting the dying reef and keeping it off the “in danger” list, but not without proper funding. Australia has to present a progress report regarding the conservation plan with UNESCO this 2016. UNESCO called on Australia last year to make the Reef conservation as a “matter of priority.”

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