New 500m tall coral reef discovered in Great Barrier Reef

Australian scientists on-board the Schmidt Ocean Institute research vessel Falkor, have discovered a massive detached reef in the Great Barrier Reef. It highlights that there is still so much to be discovered in our oceans, even in one of the most well documented regions on Earth. For the first time in over 120 years, a … More New 500m tall coral reef discovered in Great Barrier Reef

New ‘pregnancy-style tests’ can detect destructive crown-of-thorns starfish on GBR

A new testing kit created by researchers from Australia can detect the coral killing crown-of-thorns starfish in a similar way to a home pregnancy kit. Using a special dipstick researchers can detect microscopic amounts of their DNA at the surface, which could help control their destructive population outbreaks below. For well over 50 years the … More New ‘pregnancy-style tests’ can detect destructive crown-of-thorns starfish on GBR

Great Barrier Reef suffers third mass bleaching event in five years

After record heatwaves in Australia, which led to the disastrous bushfires there earlier in the year, the Great Barrier Reef has now suffered widespread coral bleaching for the third time since 2016. Last week the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority announced to the world that it had collected enough data to conclude that the … More Great Barrier Reef suffers third mass bleaching event in five years