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05. HUMAN IMPACT ON THE REEF

5(f) Protect Our Reef

Raising Awareness and Creating Marine Parks: Some ways to protect the corals that do survive bleaching and to reduce stressors on the reef are to raise public awareness and to create marine parks. Marine parks incorporate diverse multi-user zones, including a significant representative area protected in some way from activities such as fishing and boating. People need to appreciate that these areas are ‘something special’.

Monitoring: Another suggestion is to keep an eye on the reef and constantly note areas where there is and isn’t bleaching occurring. Tourists can assist with this and help scientists form an overall picture of which areas of the reef are vulnerable to bleaching. Currently there is a Bleach Watch Program that assists with this.

Governments are addressing the stressors associated with climate change by developing a Climate Change Action Plan (2007-2012) to help reduce our carbon footprints.

Other organisations that have been set up include the:

  • Reef Water Quality Protection Plan
  • Australian Greenhouse Office Abatement
  • GBR Fisheries Management Plan
  • GBRMPA (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority) – AGO Climate Change Response Program and other initiatives of the GBRMPA.

You may like to work on one of the Projects investigating factors affecting the GBR and ways in which it can be protected. These can be found in the For Teachers section.


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