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Coral disease risk and impact assessment plan: 2nd edition (NOT CURRENT)

Title: Coral disease risk and impact assessment plan: 2nd edition (NOT CURRENT)
Year of publication: 2013
Publisher: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Type of document: Report
Abstract: This document is no longer current. This plan was utilised by the Authority from 2013 to 2016. Since 2017, the Authority has been reviewing and refining our objectives and strategic approach to monitoring risk and assessing impacts following reef health events on the Great Barrier Reef. While coral disease is often cryptic and has a lower profile than coral bleaching, it poses an equally significant threat to the Great Barrier Reef. These two impacts are not mutually exclusive as bleaching can greatly increase the susceptibility of corals to diseases. Under a changing climate, disease outbreaks are likely to increase in frequency and severity since: the pathogens that cause coral diseases are likely to become more virulent as sea temperatures increase and coral susceptibility to disease will increase due to increases in the frequency and severity of bleaching events and the frequency of severe cyclones. Since disease outbreaks of unprecedented severity and spatial extent, are likely in the future, reef managers have a responsibility to monitor, assess and respond to the socio-ecological impacts caused by coral disease and disease outbreaks. This risk and impact assessment plan was developed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) in order to outline a strategic approach for monitoring coral disease risk and assessing disease impacts.
Connection to GBRMPA: GBRMPA published this item
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