Maldives report 2016

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 2 May 2017

The 2016 Biosphere Expeditions Maldives Report is out and the results are shocking, with severe bleaching, crown-of-thorns starfush infestation, and overfishing threatening the reefs.

The 2016 Biosphere Expeditions Maldives Report is out and the results are shocking, with severe bleaching, crown-of-thorns starfush infestation, and overfishing threatening the reefs. Dr Jean-Luc Solandt, our Marine Protected Area Principal Specialist, was the Reef Check trainer and coordinator on this expedition and he says: “Having learned marine ecology at a pristine northern Great Barrier Reef in 1992, I’m personally devastated by the effect of climate on coral reefs the world over. The Caribbean has almost no coral left; reefs of the wider Indo-Pacific and remote parts of paradise islands once visited by ancient mariners, Captain Cook (late 1700s), Darwin (1830s) and Cousteau (1950s) are in decline - they simply wouldn’t recognise them. It’s the saddest thing that’s occurred in my lifetime. The Maldives were é’good’ when I visited back in 2005, but now it’s wrecked. What will our children inherit from us?” Read the report here: http://bit.ly/2oapgDS Last year’s survey report tracked the bleaching impacts in different types of Maldives coral reefs. Read that report here.

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