Topic: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

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  • In Pictures Voyage of the Plastiki

    British environmentalist David de Rothschild's eco-friendly catamaran, the Plastiki, made from 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles, prepares to embark on a transpacific voyage from San Francisco to Australia. Rothschild, a decedent of the famous English banking family, will make the journey to bring attention to sites of ecological importance that are susceptible to issues caused by climate change.

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  • Australia approves coal port near Great Barrier Reef

    A vast new coal port and "shipping super-highway" near Australia's Great Barrier Reef has environmentalists worried.

  • Australia: US bombs may be retrieved by US Navy

    Australia: US Navy offers to retrieve four bombs dropped near the Great Barrier Reef. The US Navy is waiting to hear from Australia on next steps.

  • How much damage did the Shen Neng 1 do the Great Barrier Reef?

    How much damage did the Shen Neng 1 do the Great Barrier Reef?

    Australian arrested two Chinese sailors over the grounding of the Shen Neng 1 coal carrier on the Great Barrier Reef, and Australian investigators are looking into the extent of the damage when the ship was grounded while taking an illegal shortcut through the protected ecosystem.

  • Anger in Australia mounts after ship grounds on Great Barrier Reef

    Anger in Australia mounts after ship grounds on Great Barrier Reef

    The Chinese coal freighter Shen Neng 1 that grounded on the Great Barrier Reef has been moved to safety. But the incident has made the public aware that freighters routinely take illegal shortcuts through the reef, and politicians are calling for steeper fines and legal action to protect it.

  • In Pictures Voyage of the Plastiki

    British environmentalist David de Rothschild's eco-friendly catamaran, the Plastiki, made from 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles, prepares to embark on a transpacific voyage from San Francisco to Australia. Rothschild, a decedent of the famous English banking family, will make the journey to bring attention to sites of ecological importance that are susceptible to issues caused by climate change.

  • In Pictures Coral

    A macro view of hard coral in Malaysia is seen here. Corals are marine organisms that often live in colonies of many identical individuals. Coral is formed from a myriad of polyps, which can be a few millimeters in diameter. They are genetically identical and reproduce asexually, but can also breed by spawning. Corals are major contributors to the structure of reefs that grow in tropical and subtropical water. Many species need sunlight to grow and are found in shallow water, though other species can live in the deeper, colder waters.