Australia’s coral reefs are currently under threat from a range of short-‐ and long-‐term stressors. The ability of corals to recover from acute disturbance events, such as bleaching, cyclones and crown-of-thorns seastars outbreaks, is greatly influenced by the multitude of stressors reefs are currently experiencing (1). Since healthy coral habitat is essential for the persistence of associated fish and invertebrate communities, as well as the industries that rely on them (2), all possible action must be taken to reduce stress factors to corals and associated organisms. Practical changes to current reef policies will reverse the decline in the health of Australia’s coral reefs and increase the viability of all of the reef’s associated industries.
David Booth, Lauren Nadler, Steve Doo, Elizabeth Madin, and Sue-Ann Watson. 2016. Science-Based Policy Plan for Australia's Coral Reefs : 1 -5. https://nsuworks.nova.edu/occ_facreports/132.