In 1998 I dived the GBR for the first time and a marine biologist I studied under congratulated me for being the last generation to dive the reef before it died.
In 2011 I sailed across the Coral sea to Cairns from Micronesia and sailed 800 mls down the reef diving or snorkling every day for 8 weeks.
My sadness with seeing these reefs dying is overcome by the knowledge that it is the incubator of the marine food web and represents the collapse of the marine system which generates 90 % of the planets oxygen and most of our protein and sustains most of the planets species.
Our Carbon Experiment is drawing to a close, it can only end very badly.
‘Australia is unlikely to meet water quality targets designed to protect the Great Barrier Reef, researchers from the federal government’s marine science agency have warned.
‘Scientists, including two from the Australian Institute of Marine Science, have published a study that says current efforts to reduce pollution run-off into the reef’s waters are not enough to meet set targets.
‘Their findings, published in the Global Change Biology journal on Sunday, came as the Queensland government gave the go-ahead for Australia’s largest coal mine to proceed.’ Article Reef Health Efforts Not Enough continues here.
The Death Of The Great Barrier Reef: