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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

30 November 2006

Australian Government tackling coral bleaching


The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, today launched a new publication, A Reef Manager's Guide to Coral Bleaching, that recognises Australia as a world leader in coral reef management and our key role in ensuring the Great Barrier Reef is healthy and resilient to coral bleaching.

"The Australian Government is proud to support practical measures to protect our iconic Great Barrier Reef and give it the best chance of withstanding any possible effects of climate change," Senator Campbell said.

"Australia is taking a holistic approach to managing the process of corals losing their colour under stressful environmental conditions.

"We are at the forefront in developing new initiatives to minimise the impacts of bleaching and are building long-term ways to improve resilience to environmental pressures," Senator Campbell said.

Senator Campbell said the new publication is an invaluable tool in providing strategies for managing and responding to the threat of mass coral bleaching.

The Guide provides clear information of current and emerging knowledge on coral bleaching and the role reef managers can play in building resilience and helping reefs survive future threats.

The publication provides significant ways to support the ability of coral reef ecosystems to survive and recover from bleaching events. It also reviews management actions restoring and maintaining ecosystem resilience.

"I congratulate the guide's co-authors, Dr Paul Marshall from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Ms Heidi Schuttenberg from James Cook University for their work on this anticipated publication," Senator Campbell said.

For more information, a copy of the Guide is available at http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/

Media contact:
Rob Broadfield 02 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902

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