Coral reefs

  1. Can mapping the Great Barrier Reef help it survive?

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    Video caption: Hundreds of volunteers are helping to map the Great Barrier Reef

    Non-scientists have been asked to take and categorise thousands of photos of the Great Barrier Reef.

  2. Permit system recommended for offshore reef visitors

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    UK experts have recommended Jersey introduce a permit system on its offshore reefs, which would pay for wardens.

    It is one of several suggestions to manage the number of tourists visiting the Ecrehous and the Minquiers in the summer.

    In recent years, conservationists have called for wardens to start patrolling the offshore reefs because of worries that too many visitors could disturb wildlife there.

    A new report from an architect studying Jersey's future planning policies has highlighted the importance of protecting the special qualities of the Ecrehous and the Minquiers.

    It talked about limiting the number of boats that can moor there, or introducing a quota system for private companies that take people on tours of the reefs.

    It suggested the permit system would pay seasonal wardens to patrol the reefs or an alternative source of funding would be asking people who run tours to pay a charge for a set number of visitors.

    It also said any effort to manage visitor numbers needed to take into account the unique character of the reefs without cluttering them with signs or artificial paths.

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    Video caption: Great Barrier Reef: Uncovering the secrets of Australia's deep waters

    In the most extensive deep-sea study of two marine parks, scientists have found new and rare species.

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    Video caption: Rowley Shoals: The bleached Australian reef and a Covid challenge

    When coral bleaching was suspected in a pristine reef, scientists turned to some unlikely surveyors.

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    Video caption: Campaigners win fight to stop Maldives islands becoming luxury resort

    Local residents in the Maldives have won a campaign against developers and the government who wanted to turn two islands into a luxury resort.

  6. Coral Reefs

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    Video caption: Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by Marcus Brigstocke to talk about the magic of coral.

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by Marcus Brigstocke and marine biologists Prof Callum Roberts and Dr Heather Koldewey to look at the magic and wonder of coral.