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Great Barrier Reef will recover, says resort manager

DESPITE recent reports of widespread coral bleaching in parts of the northern Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Island Resort managing director Peter Gash said the Southern Great Barrier Reef was in superb condition.

He's also optimistic the northern end can recover as living corals grow at different speeds.

Cyclone Marcia and Cyclone Hamish did damage to some reefs at the back of Lady Elliot but Mr Gash said they simply took guests snorkelling at other sites until the areas recovered - which they did remarkably quickly.

"Bleaching is a natural event so if you go on a snorkel anywhere for half-an-hour you'll be surprised if you don't find a small bleached piece here or there," he said.

Bleaching is worst in the Great Barrier Reef’s remote north. Morgan Pratchett/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Bleaching is worst in the Great Barrier Reef’s remote north. Morgan Pratchett/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,

"But what's happening on the northern end of the reef, because of the water temperatures, there is quite a lot of bleaching going on and the risk is it could turn to mortality."

"I'm an optimist that as long as the water temperature doesn't persist in rising then a lot of it will recover."

Topics:  environment great barrier reef outdoor-living



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