Increased coral coverage on the Great Barrier Reef
Since the Australian Institute of Marine Science began monitoring the Great Barrier Reef 36 years ago, both the northern and central reef have shown the highest amount of coral cover.
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On August 4th, the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) published its Annual Summary Report on Coral Reef Condition for 2021/2022. It showed another year of increased coral coverage over much of the Reef. In some places the increase was 7-9% in several areas.
87 reefs were surveyed between August 2021 and May 2022. Among those 87 reefs, average hard coral cover in the region north of Cooktown increased to 36% (from 27% in 2021) and to 33% in the central Great Barrier Reef (from 26% in 2021), according to the Good News Network.
CEO of AIMS, Dr. Paul Hardisty, said in a press-release that the results in the north and central regions were a sign the Reef can recover.
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