Great Barrier Reef

Rebels to the Coral Reef Cause (Part 5)
8 July 2022

Rebels to the Coral Reef Cause (Part 5)

The top feature image shows two of the participants in the IPA’s Reef Rebel program in the water.  All the photographs in this blog post were taken at Stanley Reef on 7th July 2022 by Jennifer Marohasy, or on the way to Stanley Reef. One of the participants on the IPA Reef Rebels’ tour said to me earlier this week,
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Rebels to the Coral Reef Cause (Part 4)
7 July 2022

Rebels to the Coral Reef Cause (Part 4)

It was so cold and rainy in Cairns on Tuesday, but it didn’t stop us getting on a cruise boat and going out to Moore Reef, which is part of the Great Barrier Reef. We went on the Sunlover day cruise with about 310 other paying customers. It was blowing a gale and the rain was relentless, but it didn’t stop us
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Rebels To The Coral Reef Cause (Part 2)
2 July 2022

Rebels To The Coral Reef Cause (Part 2)

To the extent that it is possible for any human endeavour to be so, science is value-free. Science is a way of attempting to understand the world in which we live from a rational point of view, based on observation, experiment and tested theory. Irritatingly, especially for governments, science does not operate by consensus and it is often best progressed
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Rebels To The Coral Reef Cause (Part 1)
1 July 2022

Rebels To The Coral Reef Cause (Part 1)

Everybody claims to care about the Great Barrier Reef, but very few people take the time to actually visit it.  The reports of mass coral bleaching this past summer are mostly from aerial surveys flown at 150 metres altitude in aeroplanes and helicopters. I have repeatedly argued that you can’t see very much from that distance. The Institute of Public Affairs have
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So Much For Deep Distress
14 April 2022

So Much For Deep Distress

According to The Guardian, John Brewer Reef is at the “centre of a widespread coral bleaching event” with its corals in a “battle” against an “unprecedented” sixth event. The ABC reported similarly, and the story has made headlines around the world. So, Jennifer Marohasy and I thought we would go to Brewer and see how the corals have fared a
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Epicentre of Mass Coral Bleaching – Still So Beautiful (Part 1)
11 April 2022

Epicentre of Mass Coral Bleaching – Still So Beautiful (Part 1)

It is all over the news, right across the world: the Great Barrier Reef is bleaching – again.   Children can’t sleep at night: it is not only the war in the Ukraine keeping them awake at night, but also our apparent disregard for nature. Except! On 10th April 2022 I went to the very epicentre of the claimed latest severe mass
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LNP And Labor Fail On Reef Regulations Bill
6 April 2022

LNP And Labor Fail On Reef Regulations Bill

The Bill introduced by Nick Dametto of Katter’s Australian Party’s (KAP) in the Queensland Parliament to reverse Labor’s pointless Reef Regulations (see here), was defeated by a combination of Labor and Liberal-National (LNP) parliamentarians last week. The Reef is in extremely GOOD condition – at record levels by some measures such as coral cover. The levels of farm pesticide concentrations
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Government Science Failures on Fish Stock Claims
23 March 2022

Government Science Failures on Fish Stock Claims

There is a smell of something worse than failure: The Queensland government is claiming that the mackerel fish stocks on the reef are at alarming low levels, and it wants to drastically curtail or close the fishery. They base this on two things:​​​​​​​ (a) Calculations of fish stock going back to 1912, from data on fish catch and how many
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Not Expecting Coral Bleaching During a La Niña
19 March 2022

Not Expecting Coral Bleaching During a La Niña

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has uploaded some footage of John Brewer Reef that is part of the Underwater Museum of Art, the footage was apparently taken by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in February.   It does not show a lot of bleached coral, but it does show some badly bleached individual colonies – and a lot of healthy
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Media Exaggeration Of Coral Bleaching, 2022 Version
18 March 2022

Media Exaggeration Of Coral Bleaching, 2022 Version

The media is reporting that there is bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. Bushfires, cyclones, floods, droughts, heatwaves, bleaching, locust plagues, starfish plagues – this is Australia. It has always happened. The good news is that GBRMPA have refrained from sensationalism and should be congratulated for that. In their media comment, they point out that bleached coral is not dead
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