The Melbourne Saturday Age reported on Saturday (26 Nov), that the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) has found that the global coral bleaching event that took place earlier in the year is magnitudes worse than previously estimated. Climate change and land-based sources of marine pollution remain major factors in the damage. GBRMPA Director of Reef Recovery, Dr David Wachenfeld was reported saying:
the rate of coral death following bleaching due to high ocean temperatures last summer would be greater than the initial estimate of 22 per cent. “Essentially, this is confirming that this is the worst bleaching event that the reef has seen by a very, very long way,” he said.