26 January, 2006

Fiji's Coral Reefs Found Resilient

Taken from a Fiji Times article. Fiji's coral reefs have been found to have a high resilience to bleaching. A study by a University of the South Pacific lecturer in Coral Reef Ecology said that the extent of coral bleaching in Fiji was estimated to be less than 5% despite the increasingly prevalent high temperatures. The study found that the coral reefs that were bleaching had great resilience and were repairing quickly. The study said that if global warming continued and the coral reefs adapted to the change then there may not be any bleaching. Coral bleaching described the influence of higher sea temperatures on a variety of coral reef organisms, causing coral reefsto lose their colour or become white. Note from GV : This should be interesting to tourists who come for scuba diving.

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