Rats are wreaking havoc on our coral reefs and reducing fish numbers – Science News

Rats are wreaking havoc on our coral reefs and reducing fish numbers – Science News

What have rats got to do with the number of fish on coral reefs? Quite a lot, according to new research. The black ship rat — Rattus rattus — wreaks havoc on island seabirds globally, including throughout the Great Barrier Reef where it has been a pest for more than …

Montebello Islands’ coral and underwater life under threat from rising sea temperatures

Montebello Islands’ coral and underwater life under threat from rising sea temperatures

Posted June 03, 2018 08:04:11 Marine scientists have confirmed that increasing sea temperatures are changing life at Western Australia’s north-west coral reefs. It is almost 70 years since British nuclear testing resulted in three atom bombs devastating marine and terrestrial wildlife at the Montebello Islands. Now the remote islands off …

Coral scientists look to commercial opportunities to prevent extinction through large-scale reef restoration

Coral scientists look to commercial opportunities to prevent extinction through large-scale reef restoration

Posted June 02, 2018 08:55:39 A dedicated team of scientists believes it could hold the answer to keeping the world’s coral reefs safe from extinction. In a concrete hatchery on the north-west coast of the Philippines, a group of researchers is huddled together in the night, witnessing a rare moment …

Hawaii bans sunscreens with chemicals that damage coral reefs, but Australia reluctant to follow

Hawaii bans sunscreens with chemicals that damage coral reefs, but Australia reluctant to follow

Posted May 04, 2018 20:08:03 Photo: There have been concerns for some time about the impact of chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate on coral reefs. (Flickr: Joe Shlabotnik (CC BY 2.0)) Related Story: It’s getting quieter on the Barrier Reef — and that’s bad news Related Story: Are you sun smart? …

Damaged coral reefs are going quiet and young fish can’t find their way home – Science News

Damaged coral reefs are going quiet and young fish can’t find their way home – Science News

Healthy coral reefs are alive with the pops, snaps and clicks of the invertebrate creatures that inhabit them. And many newly hatched fish species use these sounds to guide them towards new habitats. But now scientists have found reefs damaged by coral bleaching and cyclones are much quieter than intact …

Great Barrier Reef to get to $500m to tackle pollution and breed more resilient coral

Great Barrier Reef to get to $500m to tackle pollution and breed more resilient coral

Updated April 29, 2018 09:34:26 A $500 million package to help deal with the problems facing the Great Barrier Reef has been announced by the Federal Government. The funding, to be unveiled today, will go towards improving water quality, tackling the crown-of-thorns starfish, and expanding reef restoration. It will also …

Coral on the Great Barrier Reef was ‘cooked’ during 2016 marine heatwave, study finds

Coral on the Great Barrier Reef was ‘cooked’ during 2016 marine heatwave, study finds

Updated April 19, 2018 05:25:30 Photo: A researcher surveys damage on the Great Barrier Reef following the March 2016 mass coral-bleaching event. (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies: Gergely Torda) Related Story: Severe coral bleaching hits two-thirds of Great Barrier Reef, aerial surveys show Related Story: New coral …