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Lisa Bostrom-Einarsson
We recorded live coral cover, an abundance of coral disease, fish abundance and diversity, fish diseases and the abundance of closely related invertebrates before, during and after the six-week study period and found no detrimental effects. There are millions of starfish on the Great Barrier Reef and each female produces around 65 million eggs in a single breeding season. It would take a massive effort to try and cull them all individually, but we know that sustained efforts can save individual reefs.feedback
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NEW Apr 27 2017
In this page you'll find all points of view published about Great Barrier Reef. You'll find 96 quotes on this page. You can filter them by date and by a person’s name. The 4 people who have been quoted more about Great Barrier Reef are: Julia Baum, Ruth Gates, Terry Hughes and Kim Cobb. Julia Baum specifically said: “None of us were expecting the water to be heating up again right now. I think it's beyond what any of us could have imagined. It's our worst nightmare.”.
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Will Steffen

The only way to protect coral reefs in Australia and around the world is to stop greenhouse gas emissions. Australia is the caretaker of the Great Barrier Reef and we are lagging well behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to doing our part to effectively combat climate change. Emissions are flatlining in China and declining in the United States and in other OECD countries. In comparison, Australia's emissions continue to grow. We've got to stop and then reverse this trend and we've got to do it now. There is no time to lose.feedback

Josh Frydenberg

These new projects complement existing efforts and demonstrate how we can make private investment work effectively alongside public funding to maximise results for the reef from each dollar invested. Collaborative partnerships like the ones announced today are critical to address the threats and pressures faced by the reef.feedback

Terry Hughes

The combined impact of this back-to-back bleaching stretches for 1,500 km (900 miles), leaving only the southern third unscathed. Without a doubt the most pressing of these is global warming.feedback

Terry Hughes

The combined impact of this back-to-back bleaching stretches for [900 miles], leaving only the southern third unscathed. As temperatures continue to rise the corals will experience more and more of these events. One degree Celsius of warming so far has already caused four events in the past 19 years. Ultimately, we need to cut carbon emissions, and the window to do so is rapidly closing.feedback

Brendon Robinson

The feedback that's coming back is the more sheltered areas have come out a bit better, but they all seem to have suffered some form of damage.feedback

David Suggett

It's that connection ultimately that will drive the rate and extent of recovery. So if bleaching events are moving around the [Great Barrier Reef] system on an annual basis, it does really undermine any potential resilience through connectivity between neighbouring reefs.feedback

Rachel Butler

Percy genuinely could not care less that we were there. At one point I could feel a little tickle at the back of my feet and Percy was throwing bits of coral behind us. We became part of this reef city.feedback

Kelly Denham

This was a dispute involving people that worked at the Equinox gym. This is not an active shooter.feedback

Sheriden Morris

With the amount of bleaching that we currently have, the reef is going to change, that will affect the number of species that actually survive. While this is highly localised, it may have the benefit of maintaining some complex communities in the face of some of the pressures that the reef is facing.feedback

Jon Brodie

It's an absolutely silly idea when you read it, but we're in silly times, so it looks like it could be a goer. We've given up. It's been my life managing water quality, we've failed.feedback

David Suggett

Cold water has lots of evils, as well as benefits. So we might be cooling them, but at the same time we're probably manipulating them in ways that could be as detrimental. We have to remember that climate change is just a lot more than warming waters, we have ocean acidification, we have hypoxia, so a lot of oxygen. All of these factors, mean just cooling the reef itself is not the solution.feedback

Bret Scheffers

I was not surprised. But I was alarmed. The extent of impacts is vast and has impacted every ecosystem on the Earth. Governments and large organisations can invest and commit to reducing carbon emissions and protecting natural ecosystems that increase resilience to climate change not only for nature but for people as well. These include large areas of connected forests which cool local and regional climate, pristine coral and oyster reefs that not only provide food but reduce storm surges, and well managed watersheds that will maintain adequate fresh water.feedback

Eva Amurri Martino

It's amazing to think that the 60+ people who were present today were there because this strong woman started a family. I can only hope to be 94 one day, surrounded by my grandchildren and great grandchildren … rocking a super chic coral manicure.feedback

Mohamed Solih - Holiday Inn

It is very simple. The cow that gives more milk has to be fed more. So islands that pay tourism taxes should be a priority in shore protection initiatives by the government. Erosion on this island is very much connected to the development work done on the resort. Kandooma is a coral rock island, not a sand island like you see now. They dredged sand and pumped sand and reclaimed the beaches. After that, erosion became a big problem here.feedback

Renata Ferrari

The idea behind that was to map, monitor and model the coral reefs and other marine ecosystems in three dimensions. If you can create a 3D map, then you can measure it, because you literally have a map of the corals on your computer. You can get anything you want out of it. Coral reefs have been around for hundreds and hundreds of years. Because of the connectivity of the Great Barrier Reef, this type of approach will still work. You put the reefs down and the coral larvae will arrive from other parts of the reef.feedback

Jim Mullen

We will look to leverage our existing experience in international markets to drive further growth and use our significantly increased scale in technology to develop new products and deploy across the enlarged group. We will deliver this with a firm commitment to responsible gambling and health and safety.feedback

Jim Mullen

This is a very successful start for the Ladbrokes Coral Group. Both Ladbrokes and Coral entered the merger in November with good momentum, and together delivered a strong full-year financial performance. Our plan is simple. We are focussed on building on the leading multi-channel experience developed by both brands, utilising a rigorous approach to data-driven marketing and ensuring that our product delivers a leading customer experience.feedback

James Delingpole - Breitbart News Network

Is the Great Barrier Reef dying due to climate change caused by man's selfishness and greed? Have they been out there personally – as I have – to check. No of course not.feedback

Arif Havas Oegroseno

Both parties have concluded that the total coral reef damaged area is 18,882 square meters.feedback

Janice Lough

Given time, coral can recover from bleaching but the problem comes when you get repeated events. With less time between them, capacity for the coral reef community to recover diminishes rapidly.feedback

Julia Baum

None of us were expecting the water to be heating up again right now. I think it's beyond what any of us could have imagined. It's our worst nightmare.feedback

Julia Baum

This isn't something that's going to happen 100 years from now. We're losing them right now. We're losing them really quickly, much more quickly than I think any of us ever could have imagined.feedback

Ian Chappell

I mean, you don't need to be Einstein when you see the frequency and the ferocity of some of the weather events that we've been having, what's what's happened to the Great Barrier Reef, and when I'm hearing what I'm hearing from Barbara-Ann and then you put that together, you've got to come to the conclusion that things have to change. They could well have spent millions of dollars in investigating the project, so it's very hard to turn around and say just pour that down the drain.feedback

Kim Cobb

Almost none of this reef has made it through 2015 and 2016.feedback

Kim Cobb

There will now be years where it doesn't take an El Niño event to reach the bleaching threshold. This is going to be statistically more likely in a warming world.feedback

Kim Cobb

We'll see in out years as a team of climate scientists, ecologists, and oceanographers focus on this island. We plan on witnessing its recovery in its various stages and trying to see how it differs from the reef that was there before this event.feedback

Kim Cobb

We had been waiting for the big one. And boy… did it happen. It really rolled out at an unprecedented magnitude. This particular El Niño event had its maximum temperature loading almost in a bulls-eye almost around Kirimati Island.feedback

Ruth Gates

It's new. It is so new. It's a complete change in the phenomenon that all of us study. We knew that this day would come–we've been seeing the thermal-tolerance threshold for corals get closer and closer, and we knew it was pushing over the limit for coral survival.feedback

Ruth Gates

We are in a different moment with coral reefs right now. We've had this global insult on reefs. The choice now is to study recovery because that's what we are doing, because that's what we have to do.feedback

Ruth Gates

We are just one species that are in line to be hit very heavily by climate change. Coral reefs are in the front line but they're telling us something very important.feedback

Ruth Gates

We were not really expecting it to be a bleaching year then and we didn't expect it to be a bleaching year the following year.feedback

Kim Cobb

''It all seems so quaint now, really,''. ''A future that we thought was decades coming is basically here.''.feedback

Terry Hughes

We didn't expect to see this level of destruction to the Great Barrier Reef for another 30 years. In the north, I saw hundreds of reefs – literally two-thirds of the reefs were dying and are now dead.feedback

Ruth Gates

To lose coral reefs is to fundamentally undermine the health of a very large proportion of the human race. It's probably time that we start thinking outside the box. It's sort of a no-win game if we do nothing.feedback

Mark Eakin - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

"The models indicate that we will see the return of bleaching in the South Pacific soon, along with a possibility of bleaching in both the eastern and western parts of the Indian Ocean,"feedback

Ruth Gates

We've lost 50 percent of the reefs , but that means we still have 50 percent left. We definitely don't want to get to the point where we don't intervene until we have 2 percent left.feedback

Julia Baum

"As scientists, we were all on brand new territory," "as were the corals in terms of the thermal stress they were subjected to."feedback

Mark Eakin - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The models indicate that we will see the return of bleaching in the South Pacific soon, along with a possibility of bleaching in both the eastern and western parts of the Indian Ocean.feedback

Julia Baum

As scientists, we were all on brand new territory, as were the corals in terms of the thermal stress they were subjected to.feedback

Neal Cantin

This is the first time we have ever seen bleaching in back-to-back summers. Many coral species appear to be more susceptible to bleaching after more than 12 months of sustained above-average ocean temperatures. We are now entering uncharted territory.feedback

Richard Fitzpatrick

Vlasoff Cay used to have the best coral diversity in the area. Now with the water sitting at 32 degrees all the way to the bottom, the corals are dying. Many are already dead and covered in algae.feedback

Michael R. Bloomberg

Some of the most disastrous effects of climate change are out of sight – on the ocean floor. In fact, unless we take urgent action, 90 percent of coral reefs are expected to disappear by 2050.feedback

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

There's been a lot of work on identifying the train crash (for corals) but very little about 'let's not let this happen.feedback

Sam Regester

This is another example of why coal and the Great Barrier Reef don't mix.feedback

Terry Hughes

Most of the losses in 2016 have occurred in the northern, most-pristine part of the Great Barrier Reef. This region escaped with minor damage in two earlier bleaching events in 1998 and 2002, but this time around it has been badly affected.feedback

Andrew Baird

The good news is the southern two-thirds of the Reef has escaped with minor damage. On average, 6 percent of bleached corals died in the central region in 2016, and only 1 percent in the south. The corals have now regained their vibrant color, and these reefs are in good condition.feedback

Charlie Wood

Climate change is killing the Great Barrier Reef. The continued mining and burning of coal, oil and gas is irreparably damaging the climate. If we want our kids to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef for generations to come, we must act now to keep fossil fuels in the ground.feedback

Suchana Chavanich

Warmer oceans mean that fish don't grow to their full length. Coral bleaching caused by climate change means fish nurseries and their food sources are also under threat.feedback

Hans Pörtner

It's happening too fast for organisms and ecosystems to develop strategies to cope. There's a high risk of losing up to 90 percent of coral reefs in a 1.5-degree Celsius warmer world by the end of the century. This is a system that has already gone beyond its tolerance limits.feedback

Kim Cobb

We left with a sense of dread and came back with a renewed purpose because there are some corals that literally came back from the brink. It's the best we could have hoped for.feedback

Julia Baum

It's like having a patient who is very sick and instead of letting them recover, we keep infecting them with more and more illnesses. There's only so much that any person – or any natural system – can take.feedback

Julia Baum

But despite this mass mortality, there are a few small signs of hope. It's clear that coral reefs have great resilience and the coral here is trying to recover.feedback

Richard Pyle

What is unique about this study is how vast and dense the coral cover is. Although there was a bit of a hint that corals could survive ... down at those depths, these reefs off Maui were far and away much more dramatic both because they were deeper and they had higher coral cover percentage.feedback

Richard Pyle

If shallow coral reefs are more vulnerable to threats from say runoff or overfishing or whatever, then down deep these reefs could potentially serve as refuges for those species.feedback

Leonardo DiCaprio

Today our seas are warmer and far more acidic, weakening the shells of marine creatures and destroying coral reefs that we all depend on for life. The only way we can avert this disaster is by scaling up innovative actions and solutions to these problems as quickly as possible.feedback

Phil Fernandez

We want the reef to come back. We fish, and the health of fish is completely dependent on habitat. When the habitat is decimated, the fish goes away.feedback

Jack Kittinger

As an island state, Hawaii is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including increased storms, coral bleaching as well as local impacts that place our reefs at risk. CI is grateful to the Governor for committing to protect our natural environment so that it can continue to benefit our communities now and into the future.feedback

Brett Lewis

If the Symbiodinium is removed from the host and does not recolonise quickly, the corals can die.feedback

Alex Rogers

When you seriously over-exploit marine eco-systems, it can take them decades to recover. And that's in shallow water, you can imagine what happens if you drag a trawl through a deep sea coral bed. That is going to take hundreds of years to recover if it recovers at all.feedback

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

Less than one percent of humanity has been diving on a coral reef. So most of us on the planet don't know what a coral reef really is, and thereby, if you don't know about something, how are you going to feel compelled to protect it?feedback

Eric J. Hochberg

CORAL [Coral Reef Airborne Laboratory] is an airborne mission to survey reefs at select locations across the Pacific. The idea is to get a new perspective on coral reefs from above, to study them at a larger scale than we have been able to before, and then relate reef condition to the environment.feedback

Ruth Gates

What happens if we don't take care of our reefs? It's dire.feedback

Joshua Cinner

People invest in creative solutions when their livelihoods depend on it.feedback

Julia Baum

As scientific divers, we're limited by the depth we can work at and the amount of bottom time that we have while we're diving, so much of underwater marine science, especially on coral reefs, is a painstakingly slow process. This Coral Reef Airborne Laboratory can't replace scientists in the water, but it can provide a very high-level, complementary type of data.feedback

Mark Eakin - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

This El Nino has caused some of the worst coral bleaching and death of any event we've ever seen. We've had enough of this.feedback

Julia Baum

I'm a huge proponent of open source data. To me, the application of this technology to coral reefs holds great promise, but to fulfill that promise the data has to be made openly available to the scientific community.feedback

Mark Eakin - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Is it surprising? Not anymore. Is it significant? Absolutely. We're talking about losing 35 per cent of the population of coral in some of these reefs – that's huge.feedback

John Pandolfi

It's about the worst we've ever seen on the Great Barrier Reef. That is a very dramatic loss.feedback

Terry Hughes

Australia argued that the world heritage values were in tact because of the northern region and now of course it has taken a huge hit.feedback

Terry Hughes

It takes at least a decade for a full recovery of even the fastest growing corals, so mass bleaching events 12 months apart offers zero prospect of recovery for reefs that were damaged in 2016.feedback

Jon Brodie

We've given up. It's been my life managing water quality, we've failed. Even though we've spent a lot of money, we've had no success.feedback

Richard Leck - World Wide Fund for Nature

The new video and stills are very concerning and show large sections of coral drained of all colour and fighting for survival.feedback

Seamus Kearney - Euronews

As well as relaxing on the beach, there are many activities for visitors including kayaking, scuba diving and snorkeling, to really get up close to the sea life and the amazing coral reefs.feedback

Denis Allemand

We are still the only lab in the world able to cultivate so many species of coral in controlled conditions and to be able to study them and experiment with them here in the lab.feedback

Gene R. Gonzalez

This is a coral snapper, what we call Lapu Lapu. What you want to do is fill the cavity with some aromatics. Ginger, lemongrass, we put some tomatoes, some onions, we mix that all together and what we want to do is to stuff this fish with the aromatics that we have. We can wrap it now in a banana leaf which will give it a very herbal aroma. So this fish is ready for grilling.feedback

Steve W Ross

The crabs are quite interesting, they're some of the more voracious critters on the reef, they roam around eating anything they can find. There's one species of crab-like critter called a squat lobster. They sit up in the top of the coral with their arms outraised and they grab things as they swim by, we've seen them grab midwater fish like hatchet fish, they grab squid, they eat tunicates out of the water column.feedback

Steve W Ross

We've just come in from a 12 day cruise, we've covered something like two or three thousand miles of ocean, and sampled coral reefs all the way from the southern Gulf of Mexico into the central Gulf using a submersible and all kinds of other gear.feedback

Mike Hirshfield

Within 50 years and certainly within a hundred years if we don't change what we're doing. With climate change and acidification we'll have no coral reefs left at all.feedback

Laura Robinson

On the very first dive that we did we landed on absolutely spectacular coral gardens. I've seen them before but you can't help but be blown away when you're down over a kilometre and you see these metre scale corals and this massive diversity of life.feedback

Elie Saab

The colours are inspired by the depths of the sea. That's why there is this blue, this green, this coral in the collection. I worked with the idea of a young girl in the 1970s. I combined long dresses with flat shoes.feedback

Larissa Waters

This sort of lack of monitoring is outrageous in the Great Barrier Reef. This is why we need marine pilots there shepherding these ships through the appropriate course on these reefs.feedback

Philippe Godoc

The coral reefs play a very important role, because the sea-swell breaks on the barrier instead of the shore, so if the coral reef were to disappear it's the island coastline that would be affected.feedback

Franck Mazeas

To give you an idea, after doing these procedures there are roughly 500,000 or 600,000 larvae, so that's already huge, and the goal is to end up with at least 20 or 25 per cent of those that develop.feedback

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