Australia pledges $380M to restore, guard Great Barrier Reef

Australia Great Barrier Reef

Aerial of Great Barrier Reef at Whitsunday Island

The Turnbull government has committed $500 million to a protection package for the Great Barrier Reef - the largest of its kind in Australian history.

A major outbreak of coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish has been destroying areas of the world heritage-listed reef, prompting a major cull in January. So this study involved revisiting the same reefs where we documented the bleaching in March, nine months later. The Great Barrier Reef is the Kohinoorof corals, supporting 64,000 jobs and adding A$6.5 billion ($5 billion) to the country's economy through tourism, fishing, and related activities.

Frydenberg said he believed that the reef could overcome its many challenges with help.

"The more we know about the reef, the better we can protect it", explained yesterday Josh Frydenberg, the Ministry of Environment.

"We welcome the investment in the #GBR, particularly funding for science to support reef resilience and adaptation, but the science advises us the #GBR is highly vulnerable to climate change", the academy said a statement on Twitter, using a hashtag to refer to the Great Barrier Reef.

In response, the Government has partnered with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, which will receive the bulk of the funding, to implement a range of projects created to tackle the problem. It is also under threat from the coraleating crown-of-thorns starfish, which has proliferated due to pollution and agricultural runoff.

"Millions of dollars will go into science and to better data management and to be able to test the impacts on the reef".

"Like reefs all over the world, the Great Barrier Reef is under pressure..." "Promoting the largest coal mine in the world simultaneously while pretending to be concerned about the world's largest reef is an acrobatic feat that only a cynical political class would attempt", said Bill McKibben, founder of the worldwide movement for climate

The scientists from the University of Exeter, University of Bristol, Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science), Duke University (USA), the Australian Institute of Marine Science and James Cook University (Australia) built experimental reefs from coral rubble on sand flats, then used underwater loudspeakers to broadcast healthy coral reef sounds or degraded coral reef sounds, to see which sounds attracted more young fish.

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