Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Coral reef sustainability on forum agenda

The University of Queensland is hosting an international forum this week to develop policies to sustain the world's coral reefs.

The forum, which is sponsored by the Coral Reef Targeted Research Program, is expected to attract leading scientists and more than 50 postgraduate and postdoctoral students from 20 countries.


Professor Roberto Iglesias-Prieto from the National University of Mexico says while the future of the planet's reefs is bleak, Australian reefs are among the healthiest he has seen.


"The reefs in the Great Barrier Reef are in much better shape because the threats, the direct human activities are not necessarily damaging the reef right now," he said.


"But the global threats are evident here as in Mexico, climate change is already been seen in the Great Barrier Reef and of course all over the world."

— Courtesy of Yahoo! News