[ASC-media] The decline of the Great Barrier Reef: what can be done to reverse its loses?

Melissa Lyne mlyne_99 at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 8 05:59:36 CEST 2012

For immediate release: July 8, 2012
The Great
Barrier Reef has Declined Despite World Leading Conservation Efforts. How Can
We Reverse the Trend?
report warns coastal development threatens reef
coral reef experts will discuss the decline of the Great Barrier Reef during an
hour-long media briefing at the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS
2012) in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
WHAT:The Great Barrier Reef is the most well managed reef in the world andhas experienced many management successes, but it
continues to face as many challenges. Recent estimates put average coral cover across the Great Barrier Reef
at about 20 to 30 percent. This is estimated to be up to 50 percent reduction since
the 1960s. A UNESCO
draft report released in June warns the World Heritage Site could face a
downgrade to a site “in danger,” if substantial steps are not taken to address
the decline. Speakers will discuss what can be done to reverse the alarming
loss of coral, seagrasses and megafauna on the most famous reef on earth. 
WHEN:Monday, July 9 at 12:30 p.m.
WHERE:Cairns Convention Centre,
Meeting Room 7 (Press Briefing Room), International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS
2012), Cairns, Australia
·       Jon Brodie, Principal Research Scientist and
Leader, Catchment to Reef Research Group, Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic
Ecosystem Research, James Cook University
·       Peter Doherty, Science Leader of the Tropical
Ecosystems Hub in the National Environmental Research Program, Australian Institute of Marine Science
·       Alana Grech, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University 
·       Laurence McCook, Manager, Outlook Report,Communications and Policy
Coordination Branch,Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
·       Russell Reichelt, Chairman and
Chief Executive of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
For journalists who cannot attend
the briefing, video of the full-length media briefing will be posted following its
conclusion at http://www.icrs2012mediaportal.com.The Media Portal press kit also contains a background
sheet on the Great Barrier Reef. Last, accessible on the media portal will be news
releases on other research findings presented at the Symposium, high-resolution
photos, b-roll video footage and access to other ICRS events.
Melissa Lyne, Australia Media, melissa.lyne at gmail.com,+ 61415 514 328
Jackie Marks, International Media, jmarks at seaweb.org
Cindy Yeast, US Media, cyeast at seaweb.org, + 1 (720) 542 9455
Wendy Kimpton, GBR photos, images at gbrmpa.gov.au, 07-4750 0707

Melissa Lyne 
Australia and New Zealand Media Co-ordinator
12th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS 2012)
9-13 July 2012, Cairns, Australia
P: +61 415 514 328W: www.icrs2012.com
F: http://www.facebook.com/ICRS2012
T: http://www.twitter.com/ICRS2012
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