‘Completely untrustworthy’: Great Barrier Reef data calls coral bleaching events into question

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Aerial view of Green Island reef at the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, Queensland, Australia.

Marine physicist Peter Ridd says Australia is ruining the reputation of its “premier tourist attraction” the Great Barrier Reef.

New data from the Australian Institute of Marine Science shows the Great Barrier Reef has recorded the highest level of coral cover since monitoring began.

“You just got to wonder how bad some of these institutions have been in terms of exaggerating the loss of corals in these events,” Dr Ridd said.

“It proves without a shadow of a doubt that many of them are completely untrustworthy.”