Latest Great Barrier Reef Stories

2009-09-04 13:50:00

Scientists in Australia have launched a new project that will give new meaning to the term "surf and turf." Under the so-called "reef and beef" program, researchers Tony Parker, from James Cook University, and partner Rocky de Nys, plan to feed cows seaweed in order to reduce their carbon emissions. The researchers have estimated that cow flatulence accounts for 20 percent of man-made methane emissions. They hope to lower that statistic by introducing a new diet to cattle in Australia....

2009-09-02 10:50:00

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is in danger of being ruined by climate change and coastal development, according to a report on Wednesday. According to the inaugural reef report issued by the Marine Park Authority, the reef has been hit by two different cycles of coral bleaching, and now algae and species infestation is becoming a serious problem that may threaten the reef's existence. "While populations of almost all marine species are intact and there are no records of extinctions, some...

2009-08-18 13:35:00

Environmentalists are pushing for the protection of a large swath of coral reef off the Southeastern US coast. The underwater expanse of creatures and coral lies at the bottom of the Atlantic and spans about 23,000 square miles from North Carolina to Florida. But the collective is under threat from overfishing and energy prospects, and environmentalists are moving to push legislation that would protect the region. They claim that crab pots and bottom trawling for shrimp are the greatest...

2009-07-30 11:03:06

Scientists in Australia announced on Thursday that a new genome-mapping project is underway that could help the Great Barrier Reef fight off the threats of climate change and toxic farm chemicals. The geneticists said that they are working on unlocking the secrets of the colorful acropora millepora coral, which has slowed in growing the last few years.  This coral is one of the main components of the northeastern tourist attraction. "This gene-mapping project has both practical and...

2009-07-10 06:20:34

The Dead Sea has reached the next stage in the international competition grading the Seven Wonders of the World, Israeli tourism officials said. Israel's candidacy for the competition was made possible after the Tourist Ministries of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority signed agreements supporting the move, the officials said. Hoping the lowest place on earth will be declared one of the competition's winners, Minister Stas Misezhnikov has planned a promotion encouraging tourism to...

2009-07-07 10:07:47

Australia's Great Barrier Reef will to be the first of the world's great coral reefs to die from warming water, a leading marine scientist said. There is no way out, no loopholes. The Great Barrier Reef will be over within 20 years or so, said Charlie Veron, former chief scientist of the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Veron commented Monday as a consortium of reef experts meeting in London predicted climate change would doom coral reefs around the world by the middle of this...

2009-06-18 08:25:29

Banning or restricting the use of certain types of fishing gear could help the world's coral reefs and their fish populations survive the onslaughts of climate change.An international team of scientists led by Dr Josh Cinner of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University has proposed that bans on fishing gear - like spear guns, fish traps, beach seine nets, and gill nets "“ could aid in the recovery of reefs and fish populations hard hit by coral...

2009-06-17 16:20:00

Banning or restricting the use of certain types of fishing gear could help the world's coral reefs and their fish populations survive the onslaughts of climate change according to a study by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and other groups.The international team of scientists has proposed that bans on fishing gear - like spear guns, fish traps, and beach seine nets "“ could aid in the recovery of reefs and...

2009-06-01 10:55:10

There's little doubt that coral reefs the world over face threats on many fronts: pollution, diseases, destructive fishing practices and warming oceans. But reefs appear to be more resistant to one potential menace "“ seaweed "“ than previously thought, according to new research by a team of marine scientists from the United States and Australia. Their study is the first global-scale analysis of thousands of surveys of individual reefs "“ in all, more than 3,500 examinations...

2009-05-06 13:57:25

Australian tourism authorities said a British man has been chosen for the best job in the world, a caretaker position on a Great Barrier Reef island. Tourism Queensland said Ben Southall, 34, of Hampshire, England, was chosen from a pool of 34,000 applicants from around the world for the six-month, $106,000 position as caretaker of Hamilton Island, The Times of London reported Wednesday. Southall's duties will include updating a weekly blog as well as video and photo diaries with details of...

Latest Great Barrier Reef Reference Libraries

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...

Barrier Reef Anemonefish, Amphiprion akindynos
2012-05-11 12:04:43

The Barrier Reef Anemonefish (Amphiprion akindynos) is native to the marine lagoons and reefs in the Western Pacific Ocean.  It lives at a depth of around eighty-two feet in temperatures fluctuating between fifty degrees Fahrenheit to 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Its range includes northern New South Wales, the Loyalty Islands, Tonga, New Caledonia, Coral Sea, and the Great Barrier Reef. They are typically seen near or within the tentacles of their host anemones. They will inhabit anemones like...

2012-04-03 14:15:16

Alcyoniidae is a family of leathery corals that occur globally in temperate and tropical seas. These reef dwellers are often found in wave-exposed areas of reef crests, less turbid waters in lagoons, on steep slopes, under overhangs, and at depths of 100 feet and deeper. A colony of leathery coral is stiff, hard, and inflexible. It is composed of tiny polyps projecting from a shared leathery tissue. There are two kinds of polyps seen in Alcyoniidae corals: autozooids have long trunks and...

Elongate Surgeonfish, Acanthurus mata
2012-04-02 17:23:07

The Elongate Surgeonfish, (Acanthurus mata), is a species of tropical fish found in the Indo-Pacific, and can be found as far north as Southern Japan and south to the Great Barrier Reef. Some also live as far west as South Africa and as far east as the Tuamotu Islands. Its main habitat is steep slopes around coral reefs. This is a light blue fish with numerous brown stripes running down the length of the body, although over time it is able to change color to become blue overall. It has a...

Pajama Cardinalfish, Sphaeramia nematoptera
2009-06-19 12:35:41

The Pajama Cardinalfish (Sphaeramia nematoptera) is a fish that belongs to the Apogonidae family. These fish are a popular aquarium fish. The Pajama Cardinalfish can grow to be a length of 3 inches. The fish has red eyes and broad, dark, vertical "waistband" that is sprinkled with red spots that leads toward the tail. This fish has low vulnerability. Pajama Cardinalfish circulate throughout much of the West Pacific, from Jave to Fiji and from south of the Ryukyu Islands to the Great...

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