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The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Dec 2012

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Title

The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Dec 2012

Other title

NT news

Collection

The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

Date

2012-12-14

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Language

English

Subject

Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

Publisher name

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/pdf

Use

Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/243531

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/602617

Page content

www.ntnews.com.au Friday, December 14, 2012. NT NEWS. 55 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:14-DGE:55 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Below 30m coral is largely unaffected by the problems faced nearer the surface Thriving deep-water coral provides newhope THRIVING deep-water coral populations could hold the key to saving the Barrier Reefs surface coral. While surface coral is struggling due to the effects of storms, coral bleaching and the damaging crown-ofthorns starfish, a deep water survey has discovered large and healthy coral populations directly below those damaged communities. At depths below 30m, the early findings of the Catlin Seaview Survey show coral is largely unaffected by the problems faced nearer the surface, a result that has surprised scientists. The Holmes and Flinders Reefs in the Coral Sea are renowned for having been badly damaged, said University of Queenslands Dr Pim Bongaerts, who is leading the deep-reef survey. Yet we have found their deep-reef zone is hardly disturbed at all. In fact the most striking thing is the abun dance of coral on the deep reef. What has blown me away is to see that even 70-80 metres down, there are significant coral populations. A recent report by the Australian Institute of Marine Science says the Barrier Reef has lost half its coral cover in the past 27 years. But survey members say the discovery of thriving populations in unexplored deep-water regions suggest that finding is based on an incomplete picture of the reef. Dr Bongaerts said the discovery of wide areas of healthy deep reef raises the possibility that they could provide a refuge for corals . . . in the shallow reef. This mesophotic layer, just beneath shallow reefs, could provide coral recruits for the upper levels of the reef, he said. At the moment we know little about the extent of larval movements between the shallow and deep reef. ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l WEATHER ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l FISHING


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