Despite worries, some coral reefs ‘doing much better than we anticipated’

Watts Up With That?

From the ARC CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN CORAL REEF STUDIES and the “Nature always finds a way” department

Bright spots shine light on the future of coral reefs

The Bird's Head Seascape is home to over 200 internationally acclaimed scuba diving sites. Conservation International /photo by Mark Erdmann LocationRaja Ampat The Bird’s Head Seascape is home to over 200 internationally acclaimed scuba diving sites. Conservation International /photo by Mark Erdmann Location Raja Ampat

Researchers have discovered a handful of ‘bright spots’ among the world’s embattled coral reefs, offering the promise of a radical new approach to conservation.

In one of the largest global studies of its kind, researchers conducted over 6,000 reef surveys in 46 countries across the globe, and discovered 15 ‘bright spots’ – places where, against all the odds, there were a lot more fish on coral reefs than expected.

“Given the widespread depletion of coral reef fisheries globally, we were really excited to find these bright spots that were doing much better than we anticipated,” says lead author Professor Josh…

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