Reef health updates summer 2018-19

Each summer we keep a close eye on the Great Barrier Reef as this time of the year presents the highest risk to the ecosystem from thermal stress, rainfall and floods, cyclones and storms, and outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish.

At the beginning of this summer, the ongoing outbreak of coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish and possible marine heatwaves were the biggest concerns for the Reef.

The cooler regional weather in January and early February has seen the threat of mass bleaching reduced markedly for most of the Reef from predictions earlier this summer.

Our climate is changing year-by-year and this is causing changes in the Reef ecosystem — it’s under pressure which makes the Reef more vulnerable to possible impacts particularly over summer and cyclone season.

With a changing climate — we’ll keep watch on the Reef over summer and cyclone season and encourage anyone out on the water to report reef condition through our Eye on the Reef app.