A report from the Queensland Fisheries Society has found that the Great Barrier Reef’s fishing industry is among the most productive in the world.
The study, which was conducted by a global team of marine biologists and fishers, found that fishing has been a significant contributor to the reef’s survival over the past 40 years.
The report said that, since 1980, the reef has seen a record-breaking 50,000 tons of fish harvest annually.
But the report found that there is no clear winner.
“We can’t say that fishing is the main driver of the recovery,” said Professor Alan Richardson, who led the research.
“But we can say that the reef is doing really well at supporting itself.”
The best compliment I can give to the fishery is that it does its best to keep the whole reef going.
“The study was based on data from the Great Lakes Fishery Management Council, the Queensland Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the State Government, and the Department of Environment and Heritage.
Professor Richardson said that the report shows the reef needs to do more to support the recovery.”
There’s no doubt in my mind that it needs to be more connected to the Great Australian Bight, which is the southernmost of the Great Basin, and it needs some more help in terms of managing it,” he said.”
It’s not just the Great Bay that needs a lot of help, it’s the whole Great Barrier.
“If we don’t make it a lot better, then we’ll never be able to support it.”
The Great Barrier reef, like most of Australia’s oceans, is a rich, complex ecosystem that relies heavily on fish stocks.
“I’ve never seen the reef in such an incredible state,” Professor Richardson said.
He said the report also showed the importance of managing the fisheries.
“In some cases, it takes a lot more money to control the fisheries than the reef does, and that’s where the funding comes in,” he explained.
“So that’s the biggest lesson here is to be a bit more resourceful in managing the reef, because you don’t want it to be just a bunch of wild fish.”
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