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Scientists Working To Protect Australias Great Barrier Reef

Scientists Working To Protect Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Australian scientists are studying degraded reefs off the Northwest Australian coast as the country marks a decade since a massive rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. “Reefs...

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Great Barrier Reef Could Be In Danger Due To Proposed Sediment Dump
2014-02-03 04:48:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The Australian federal government has approved a proposal to dump three million cubic meters (106 million cubic feet) of sediment in the Great Barrier Reef, enraging conservationists who believe the move could threaten the world’s largest coral reef system. According to CNN’s Euan McKirdy, the depositing of the dredged material comes as the result of a planned coal port expansion at Abbot Point on the coast of Queensland. The...

Coral Reef Killer May Have A New Nemesis
2012-10-08 14:15:00

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The farmer and the casual gardener know the damage that can be done by an outside pest. Through chemical and organic (for the more eco-conscious among them) pesticides, they are able to eradicate the small predators that threaten their ecosystem. But just how do you effectively clear out a pest when its attack is underwater? This week, a team of marine scientists from James Cook University´s (JCU) ARC Centre of Excellence for...

Great Barrier Reef Erosion Raises Conservation Questions
2012-09-24 14:23:33

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As anyone who follows politics knows, public policy is a process that can take years or decades to hammer out, especially when it comes to certain issues. Unfortunately, the forces of nature are always in a state of flux, which can make it difficult to develop policy around them. With this in mind, Australian researchers set out to study the effects of climate change and temperature dynamics around the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and its...

2012-05-03 09:11:50

Australia´s sea snakes may be more in danger of extinction than previously thought, marine scientists say. New research on turtleheaded sea snakes that frequent coral reefs in Australia and nearby New Caledonia has found they are strongly attached to their home reef and rarely venture even a few kilometers to neighboring reefs. Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) and The University of Sydney used genetic ℠fingerprinting´ to show...

Google Teaming Up With Scientific Survey To Show Off Great Barrier Reef
2012-02-23 14:10:01

Researchers have partnered with Google in an effort to allow anyone with Internet access to take a virtual tour of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The Catlin Seaview Survey announced that it will carry out the first comprehensive study of the composition and health of reef coral to an unprecedented depth range. The project's chief scientists, Ove Hoegh Guldberg, a professor at the University of Queensland, said scientific data gathered would help strengthen the understanding about how...

2012-02-23 13:22:28

More than 300 eminent scientists from 21 other countries around the world today urged the Australian Federal Government to create the world´s largest no-take marine reserve in the Coral Sea. “Marine reserves are an important tool for managing and restoring ecosystems. They protect brood stocks for sustainable fisheries and rebuild distorted foodwebs. We know how well they work because of the differences that we observe again and again between different marine zones under...

2011-12-26 07:29:19

Two eminent tropical marine scientists today urged Australians to get behind a plan by the Federal Government to transform nearly a million square kilometers of the Coral Sea into the world´s largest marine park. “The Coral Sea is one of a handful of places in the world where a very large oceanic no-take park can be created and monitored in a single national jurisdiction,” say Professors Terry Hughes and Bob Pressey of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies...

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2011-08-15 05:10:00

The Great Barrier Reef is being damaged by the use of agricultural pesticides, claims a new Australian government report on water quality at the World Heritage site. According to the Australian Associated Press (AAP), the report shows that more than 60,000 pounds of pesticides leak into the Great Barrier Reef each year, while the government has deemed that the water in the reef is "moderate" in quality. The report card, which was released on Friday, was based on data collected from 2008 and...

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2011-01-05 12:24:55

An expert said Wednesday that Australia's spectacular Great Barrier Reef is under threat from massive floods swamping the country's northeast, which are pouring harmful debris and sediment into the sea. Michelle Devlin said that the full impact of the floods is not yet known, but the influx will stress the colorful corals. "This does impact on the reef. It just impacts on the reef's resilience so you get very stressed corals, you get stressed sea grass," Devlin, a researcher at James Cook...


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Short-spined Crown-of-thorns Starfish, Acanthaster brevispinus
2013-08-12 14:37:20

The short-spined crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster brevispinus) is a species of starfish that is classified within the Acanthasteridae family. This species has a large range that includes the Great Barrier Reef, the Philippines, and the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Because these areas are so far away from one another, the full range of this starfish cannot be known, but it can be said that it resides in a tropical or subtropical environment. It was first discovered by W.K. Fisher, who...

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