Bright spots shine light on the future of coral reefs—16 June 2016

A study undertaken by researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies has appeared on the cover of Nature, following the discovery of bright spots in coral reefs. “Given the widespread depletion of coral reef fisheries globally, we were really excited to find these bright spots that were fairing much better than we anticipated” said Professor Joshua Cinner, Senior Research Fellow from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University.

Bright spots are not necessarily pristine reefs, rather areas doing better than expected despite unfavourable environmental conditions and human impact. Professor Cinner said “the discovery of these bright spots offer some hope and some solutions that can be applied more broadly across the world’s coral reefs. The next step is to dig deeper into the social, institutional and ecological dynamics in the bright spots. By looking to the places that are getting it right—whether by accident or design—we can hopefully make the future a bit brighter for reefs the world over.”

Media issued by James Cook University

Image: Coral Reef.
Image courtesy: Tane Sinclair-Taylor—

Original Published Date: 
Thursday, June 16, 2016