The Great Barrier Reef is one of the largest ecosystems in the world, and this location is having difficulties recuperating from the bleaching crisis. Six months ago scientists shared the extent of this crisis, and there have been minimal signs of improvement.
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest system of live coral reefs located off the coast of Queensland, Australia. This ecosystem is home to billions of organisms and has been a World Heritage Site since 1981. The Climate Council, a group of scientists, ventured to the reef in September to access the damage to this area. Many of the corals that suffered through bleaching this year because of algae named zooxanthellae. The presence of this algae turns the coral a ghostly white.
The Great Barrier Reef shows that 93% of these corals are affected by the crisis of coral bleaching. Many people forgot about the issues that this ecosystem is facing, and have not paid attention to the news since the beginning of the year. The world will see the effects of this bleaching situation for many more years. The situation is not under control and may not be for quite some time. It is going to take a call to action for this reef to rehabilitate, and if it doesn’t occur the Great Barrier Reef will die. This location is one of several that will be affected by bleaching, and this crisis will become more frequent in the next several decades.
Ecologists refer to the situation with the Great Barrier Reef
as the new norm for aquatic ecosystems, that are struggling with the effects of pollution. The problems the reef faces directly impacts all of the wildlife that relies on this location to live and thrive. Many fish are having issues, and are relocating because they can no longer eat the coral. There are current fundraising efforts to help improve the health of the reef and to attempt to save it from being destroyed. Without this effort, the Great Barrier Reef will be a distant memory to coming generations.