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The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef. The reef is located off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia. It stretches 1260 miles in length and can be seen from space.

The First European Explorer to Discover the Great Barrier Reef was Captain James Cook in 1768.

Due to its vast biodiversity, warm clear waters and its accessibilty from the floating guest facilities called 'live aboards', the GBR is a very popular destination for scuba divers. Many cities along the Queensland coast offer boat trips to the reef on a daily basis. Several continental islands have been turned into resorts.

The GBR is sometimes referred to as the single largest living animal being in the world. In reality it is many colonies of corals.

A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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Australia's Great Barrier Reef

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The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has issued the ban after the commercial line fishers were convicted of multiple illegal fishing offences during a 10-month period. All of the offences occurred at Swain Reefs, which extend from 110km to 250km offshore from the Gladstone-Rockhampton area.

Male sea turtles are disappearing from Australia's Great Barrier Reef. A new study of gender ratios found that 99 percent of immature green turtles born in the northern part of the reef are female. Among adult turtles, 87 percent are female, suggesting there has been a shift in gender ratios during the past few ...
The scientific research was facilitated through the Great Barrier Reef Rivers to Reef to Turtles project, which WWF-Australia leads, with WWF's Marine Species Project manager Christine Hof also being a scientific researcher in the study. WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O'Gorman said Australians, and many people around the ...
Reef tourism operators have written to federal ministers asking them to withdraw funding of anti-coal activist scientists who "preach doom" and repeatedly suggest the Great Barrier Reef is dead and dying. But Professor Terry Hughes, a world-renowned coral scientist, says reef operators are "scared s---less" ...
A new study of sea turtles that live near the Great Barrier Reef has found that populations closest to the equator, where the temperatures are warmest, have been producing over 99 percent females for two decades. While turtles have obviously weathered changing climates in the past, the current rate of ...

A MANTA ray that came to visit a Great Barrier Reef pontoon decided to play up for the camera. The ray snapped by a cameraman from Calypso Underwater Imagery at Sunlover Reef's pontoon at Arlington Reef on Friday morning. A manta ray performing barrel rolls in front of a photographer at the ...
Australia's Great Barrier Reef is being devoured by an outbreak of deadly starfish in yet another setback for the already suffering World Heritage Site. An increase in the population of crown-of-thorns starfish has spiraled so out of control that instead of helping the famous chain of colorful corals, they are ...
There's new hope for ailing parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef - assisted reproductive technology. Researchers have been ... Professor Peter Harrison from Southern Cross University has been collecting the coral spawn off Heron Island on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. It is then placed into tanks, where ...
We have already warmed up the sea enough to make the Great Barrier Reef sick with "coral bleaching". Maybe you have heard of this? It means that the lovely, brightly coloured coral on the reef gets too hot, then turns white and can die. Lots of corals on the reef have already died in this way. It is very, very ...
It was to spend the time crisscrossing the 3,000 coral shoals and pinnacles of the Great Barrier Reef to look for traces of what they most feared to see: coral bleaching. This kind of survey work is grueling, demanding constant concentration amid intense heat and engine noise. The scientists spend hour after ...
Off the northeastern coast of Australia, I stood on the deck of a dive-boat watching whitecaps under a blue sky, excited that my 13-year-old son and I were on our way to the Great Barrier Reef. We listened on deck with dozens of other scuba divers and snorkelers as one of the crew members gave a pre-dive ...
It is no longer news that the Great Barrier Reef has suffered extreme bleaching. In early 2016, we heard that the reef had suffered the worst bleaching ever recorded. Surveys published in June that year estimated that 93% of coral on the vast northern section of the reef was bleached, and 22% had already ...
Deadly starfish are feasting on parts of the world's largest reef system, which is already threatened by rising ocean temperatures, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority said on Friday. Crown-of-thorns starfish, a native species whose numbers occasionally grow so out of control they endanger the reef, ...
On Friday scientists announced that a major outbreak of coral-eating crown of thorns starfish had been found munching the Great Barrier Reef in December, prompting the Australian government to begin culling the spiky marine animals. The predator starfish feeds on corals by spreading its stomach over ...
University of the Sunshine Coast senior lecturer Dr Javier Leon, who coordinates the USC's Bachelor of environmental science, joined the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Legacy expedition team on a vessel in the remote far north coastal waters of Australia. Dr Leon was among team members who outlined their ...
AMID the revelry of Woodford, a serious discussion took place today on the future of the Great Barrier Reef. Tying into the 31st annual event's coral-themed artwork, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki hosted the forum on the state of the reef featuring an international panel of coral experts. After giving the audience a crash ...

Thank you so much for writing to me. It is really nice of you to have taken the time. No Lizzy, the Great Barrier Reef is not going to die, not so long as there are enough people who love the reef and will fight to save it. The Great Barrier Reef will live as long as enough generosity and devotion exist in the world ...
A little over a year ago, a researcher at the Australian Institute of Marine science wrote an article for the Bulletin ("A changing climate for coral reefs") about some of the problems facing the famed Great Barrier Reef--including rising ocean temperatures, silt and fertilizer runoff, and increasing ...
Off the northeastern coast of Australia, I stood on the deck of a dive-boat watching whitecaps under a blue sky, excited that my 13-year-old son and I were on our way to the Great Barrier Reef. We listened on deck with dozens of other scuba divers and snorkelers as one of the crew members gave a pre-dive ...
Australian native Flume has teamed up with environmental protection organization Greenpeace for a new video focusing on the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef off the coast of Queensland. Recent reports suggest that the natural treasure has been deeply affected by global warming ...
Sydney artist Flume has joined the fight to save the Great Barrier Reef composing a track for Greenpeace to encourage action against climate change. The video collaboration released on Monday shows under-water vision of vibrant fish cut alongside muted colours of bleached coral and coal ships.
Gaskell recently explored one such blue hole in a remote location in the Great Barrier Reef. There, he shot ... "Some of these sites have had scientists explore them in the past, but due to the remote offshore location, there are still parts of the Great Barrier Reef that remain a mystery," he said. Sarah Gibbens ...
London: coral reefs - including Australia's Great Barrier Reef - will be dead by 2100 due to human "maltreatment of the oceans", David Attenborough's Blue Planet II has declared. Attenborough's follow-up documentary series, which took four years to film and produce, finished airing in Britain on Sunday ...
Huge rotating pumps will be installed in the Coral sea in an attempt to save Australia's Great Barrier Reef from climate change by cooling it. Eight of the solar-powered devices will be placed over a section of the reef near Cairns in Australia's far north. It is hoped that they can ward off bleaching that has ...
The authors found around 100 reefs that should have healthy adult corals, and be well connected enough to supply larvae to almost half of the Great Barrier Reef in a single year. By simulating the dispersal of larvae, the researchers could pinpoint which smaller reefs were best connected by ocean currents ...
A SPECTACULAR underwater event is keeping Townsville researchers busy this week as annual coral spawning dazzles on the Great Barrier ...
A Liberal National party plan to spend $4m on a Great Barrier Reef marketing campaign if it takes power in Queensland has drawn fire as an ...
Australian marine scientists are racing against time to collect data as coral spawns on the Great Barrier Reef, simultaneously mating and ...
Protected zones of the Great Barrier Reef benefit fish even at the relatively lightly-fished northern reefs, according to a study published ...
Queensland, Australia: In what has been described as the "world's biggest orgy", coral on Australia's Great Barrier Reef has this year spawned ...
A team of divers recently explored a Blue Hole in the Great Barrier Reef. Lying over 200km from Daydream Island off Australia's north-east ...
The coral bleaching events of 2016 and this year are said to have killed about half the Great Barrier Reef's coral cover. Photograph: ...
The BBC's "Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough" is a good place to start your virtual tour of the reef. The three-part series, released in ...
Two major bleaching events have wracked the Great Barrier Reef over the last two years, leaving chunks of it dead. Bleachings happen when ...
A GROUP of artists wants children to be allowed to climb on the Cairns Esplanade's newest public sculpture, saying it should be an "interactive" ...
A giant triton sea snail devours a crown of thorns starfish on the Great Barrier Reef. (Courtesy of Australian Institute of Marine science).
This minute master of camouflage survives by adapting its body to closely resemble sea fans, the soft coral it calls home. It's just one of the ...
The Great Barrier Reef as seen from the air. Thousands of reefs combine to make this complex marine ecosystem, which covers an area as ...
The news is a big surprise, after nearly two thirds of the Great Barrier Reef was impacted by bleaching in 2016 and 2017. The bleaching killed ...
While a visit to the reef can be part of an expensive holiday, the daily fee to enter the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park itself is a measly $6.50.
The Great Barrier Reef is suffering from recent unprecedented coral bleaching events. But the answer to part of its recovery could lie in the reef ...
Most recently, an underwater drone called the Wave Glider has concluded a seven-day research mission at the Great Barrier Reef, relaying its ...
Eggs discovered in bleached coral birth new hope for Great Barrier Reef. A NEW, very welcome discovery, has given fresh hope for Australia's ...
Marine biologists based in the Whitsunday Islands have discovered a previously unknown feature in the Great Barrier Reef: a "blue hole".
... science (AIMS) are working on developing a range of technologies to map, monitor, and keep an eye on the health of the Great Barrier Reef.
Australia's Great Barrier Reef already offers plenty of wonder, but dang, this blue hole is pretty cool. It was apparently found by marine biologist ...
It's a tactic humans have tried time and again thanks to its apparent simplicity: Dislike a pest? Enlist something that will eat it. On Monday ...
The Great Barrier Reef is facing many threats--most notably, the increase in ocean water temperature, which has been killing off vast swaths of ...
It is half a century since marine researcher Eddie Hegerl first dived on Ellison Reef on the Great Barrier Reef off Mission Beach in north ...


 

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