Great Barrier Reef

Date: 1/10/2006

Recovery rates of fish in the Great Barrier Reef have increased significantly as a result of marine protected areas. According to a study by the Australian Institute of Marine Science and James Cook University, populations of important fish species, such as coral trout are up to 50% more abundant in marine sanctuaries than in reefs still open to fishing. Research done on fringing reefs around Whitsunday Islands showed coral trout and stripy sea perch up 60%. The results of the study demonstrate that creating marine sanctuaries means fish can mature and populations can recover.

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