Published on : Friday, August 11, 2017
As the remote northern section of the famous Great Barrier Reef went through a massive damage due to coral bleaching, a new scientific research expedition sponsored by the tourism industry will soon take on its first vital underwater study.
This study would be conducted by the nonprofit organization named Great Barrier Reef Legacy. It will carry on a 21-day research trip in a 32-metre charter boat, providing 10 free spaces to the scientists like Mr. Charlie Veron who is alternatively known as “the godfather of coral”.
Researchers will look for “super corals”, species which are capable to adjust with rising temperatures as part of the expedition.
To quote Veron, “If you identify species of corals that appear to be resistant to bleaching – then the question is why. If you can find that out … it’s a step towards a cure or a way forward.”
Veron, a previous chief scientist associated with the Australian Institute of Marine Science. He was credited for discovering 20% of the coral species in the world said that having right to use a vessel was invaluable, particularly for researchers like him who are not allied to any university or government agency at this moment.
Besides, the research will also try to offer an ecosystem health assessment, investigating how the reef adjusted with end-to-end mass-bleaching events that took place in 2016 and 2017.
“It was an easy decision for the Northern Escape Collection to support this initiative as we have been alarmed by the recent incidents of bleaching occurring over the last two summers and are very concerned about the health of the reef in general,” said Hayley Morris, the executive director of Northern Escape Collection.