University of Queensland researchers have been studying other coral systems to see how damage to the Great Barrier Reef can be averted, as David Chen reports in this article for abc.net.au.
Researchers have studied climate modelling and data on reefs in the Caribbean.
Professor Peter Mumby says his findings show with proper management, the loss of coral can be delayed by at least a decade.
But Professor Mumby says steps need to be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“Some people have asked is it even worth trying to take strong action locally, to control the impact of humans on reefs given that climate change is such a big issue for coral reefs – our research shows absolutely,” he said.
“The control of human impacts is not only important at managing reefs, but absolutely essential, if we are to give reefs a good future towards the end of this century.”
He says it needs aggressive measures from local and global groups.
“It means protecting the water shed, it means reducing the amount nutrient run-off onto reefs, the amount of sediment into reefs,” he said.
“It also means being sensible in how you manage the fishery and although some of these issues such as the fishery is less of an issue than much of the world, we do have to be concerned with things like the fishing of parrot fish.”
For the original report go to http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-13/reef-saving-efforts-turn-to-caribbean/4685452?section=qld