A report by the Australian Institute of Marine Science has revealed how parts of the Great Barrier Reef are now seeing their highest coral coverage rates since 36 years, an encouraging statistic considering the ongoing threats of coral bleaching and warming oceans.
The coverage spanned over two thirds of the great barrier reef, equal to around 67%. Almost half of the reefs from the report had hard coral cover levels between 10 and 30 percent, while a third was between 30 and 50 percent.
In the survey hard and soft coral cover is measured, as well as the amount of bleaching, coral trout, sharks and crown-of-thorns starfish, all of which are threats to coral.
More recently, the Prime Minister of the Australian Government pledged $1 billion in funding to protect the Great Barrier Reef. It aims to protect the waters in which corals reside and will encourage conservation efforts for the area.