IPA Senior Fellow Dr Jennifer Marohasy presents this short film which allows Australians to see for themselves that claims that the Great Barrier Reef is in crisis are not true.
A key claim in a January 2016 article in the scientific journal, Nature, is that there are no longer any living colonies of Acropora – a particular type of coral – at Stone Island off Bowen Harbour in the Whitsundays, and that other corals are now covered in mud.
Dr Peter Ridd’s path to dismissal by James Cook University began with an email questioning claims that the corals at Stone Island were bleached, dead and reduced to mudflats.
Dr Marohasy and her team went to find out the true state of the coral reefs around Stone Island. What they found contradicts the Nature paper and proves this key reef system is very much alive. Filmed and edited by: Clint Hempsall, Sea Image Productions.
For more information visit: Dr Marohasy’s blog at www.jennifermarohasy.com or the IPA website at ipa.org.au/research-areas/climate-change.