Great Barrier Reef experiencing second year of mass coral bleaching

Great Barrier Reef experiencing second year of mass coral bleaching

Several species in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef would struggle to fully recover as the reef is experiencing an unprecedented second year of mass coral bleaching, scientists have warned.

Last year during March and April, the 1,400-mile (2,300-kilometre) reef experienced its most severe coral bleaching on record.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) said in statement that the reef is once again experiencing coral bleaching due to warmer water temperature. The statement followed an aerial survey off the country’s eastern coast on Thursday.

David Wachenfeld, reef recovery director of the GBRMPA, said, “Regrettably, the temperatures have been high on the Great Barrier Reef this summer as well and unfortunately (we) are here to confirm... a mass coral bleaching event for the second consecutive year.”

It is for the first time in the recorded history that the Great Barrier Reef is experiencing coral bleaching for two years in a row.

Corals can recover if water temperature falls and the algae manage to re-colonize them. But scientists have warned that the Great Barrier Reef will have little prospect of full recovery following the unprecedented second year of mass coral bleaching fuelled by global warming.

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