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Survival of coral reefs requires radical rethink of what conservation means

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A blue-barred parrotfish feeding on a tropical coral reef in Tanzania. ‘Helping coral reefs to safely navigate the Anthropocene is a profound challenge.’ Photograph: Jason Edwards/Getty Images/National Geographic RF

Reef conservation must not be an attempt to restore reefs of the past, but to identify the parts essential to their continued existence, and protect those

June 1, 2017 — The survival of coral reefs requires a radical rethink of what conservation means, as well as embracing some of the changes they are undergoing, according to a paper by leading coral reef scientists. Continue reading Survival of coral reefs requires radical rethink of what conservation means

Sections of Great Barrier Reef suffering from complete ecosystem collapse

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Coral on reefs around Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef after the worst mass bleaching event in recorded history. Photograph: Justin Marshall/University of Queensland

Coral Watch investigator reports ‘shocking’ lack of fish and says the surviving corals are continuing to bleach, even during winter

July 21, 2016 — “Complete ecosystem collapse” is being seen on parts of the Great Barrier Reef, as fish numbers tumble and surviving corals continue to bleach into winter, according to a scientist returning from one of the worst-hit areas.  Continue reading Sections of Great Barrier Reef suffering from complete ecosystem collapse

Devastating images tell story of coral colonies’ destruction

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Coral bleaching seen at Loomis Reef, off Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Photograph: Essential Media

A series of images taken from around Lizard Island reveal the rapid death of coral across thousands of kilometres of the reef as bleaching takes hold

May 12, 2016 — Devastating images showing the complete destruction of coral colonies on the Great Barrier Reef have been obtained by Guardian Australia and illustrate what is happening to coral there that would fill an area the size of Scotland. Continue reading Devastating images tell story of coral colonies’ destruction