Australian federal government pledges money to help great barrier reef

Australia to Allocate $500Mln to Protect Great Barrier Reef From Climate Change

Turnbull has committed $500 million to a protection package for the Great Barrier Reef

So this study involved revisiting the same reefs where we documented the bleaching in March, nine months later.

"Like reefs all over the world, the Great Barrier Reef is under pressure..."

He was quoted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: "The more we understand about the reef, the better we can protect it. "Millions of dollars will go into science and to better data management and to be able to test the impacts of the reef". We must address crown-of-thorns-starfish outbreaks. Of course, Australia can't combat the heat stress of the oceans - that's something the entire human race is going to have to work on - but the effort will focus on factors that it can control, like fighting against water pollution and mitigating the effects of coral-eating sea creatures which have invaded some parts of the reef.

An global team of scientists, led by the University of Exeter, carried out field experiments on the Northern Great Barrier Reef and found that reefs sound much quieter and less acoustically diverse than they did before three years of cyclones and coral bleaching.

The plan would set aside roughly $151 million for improving water quality, working with farmers to reduce fertilizer use - especially sugar farmers, who dominate the rich coastal lands of tropical northern Australia.

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He said there was no doubt climate change had put the Reef under threat, but said there were tangible things Australia could do to build its resilience.

"We want to ensure the Reef's future for the benefit of all Australians, particularly those whose livelihood depends on the Reef", the release reads.

The government will increase funding for the Great Barrier Reef marine park authority and the department of the environment and energy by $56m to expand environmental management and compliance operations.

Frydenberg said the reef supports about 64,000 jobs, is worth more than $6 billion to the local economy and attracts more than 2 million visitors a year.

UNESCO considered putting it on the "in danger" list previous year due to recent widespread destruction but voted against it, allowing Australia's conservative government to dodge political embarrassment and potential damage to the country's tourism industry.

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