In an attempt to preserve the Great Barrier Reef from coral-eating starfish, Australian government has recently announced a funding to push and preserve the World Heritage listed ecosystem.
In case you are wondering, a recent study of the reef’s ecosystem has revealed that coral cover in the area has reduced to half over last 27 years which can be attributed to the starfish. In order to prevent further decay, the Australian government has announced $48 funding to drive the attempt.
With the latest funding, the government aims to increase incentives for farmers to prevent agricultural pollutants from entering the reef. Apart from this, the government wants to increase the number of patrol vessels and divers targeting the starfish.
Australian prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in an official statement, “It is a vibrant, resilient ecosystem and one of the best-managed coral reef ecosystems in the world. While it is facing increasing threats, we intend to remain leaders in reef management.”
This latest move comes after UNESCO nearly put the reef in endangered list back in 2015. Since then, the Australian government has put more than Aus$2.0 billion to preserve the ecosystem for next decade.