Coral coverage increasing, exposing Green fraud

The latest research from the Australian Institute of Marine Science showing an increase in coral coverage across the Great Barrier Reef over the past three years exposes the true agenda of radical green groups, Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said today.

Senator Macdonald said despite recent headlines denigrating the health of the Reef, scientific research shows that on average, the level of coral coverage on the reef has actually increased over the past three years to 2015.

“The research, presented last week by AIMS CEO John Gunn, shows that coral coverage in the central and southern sections of the reef has increased*. Coral in the northern section has declined, however this has been largely due to the impact of cyclones and Crown-of-Thorns starfish, and in fact starts from a very high base,” Senator Macdonald said.  

“But if you listened to the lies being peddled by the Greens, you would think the Great Barrier Reef is at risk of becoming a barren wasteland, devoid of any natural beauty or life,” Senator Macdonald said.

Senator Macdonald said it appears Green groups, apparently supported by the ABC, have an agenda that will only be satisfied when all development is halted and access to the Great Barrier Reef completely restricted.

Senator Macdonald said it was widely acknowledged that there were a number of impacts affecting the health of the Reef, including increased water temperature and the Crown-of-Thorns Starfish, however these impacts were being very carefully managed by AIMS and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

“Every Australian agrees the Great Barrier Reef is one of our nation’s most valuable resources and wants to see it protected for future generations. What they don’t want to see is the country brought to its knees by these radical Green groups who can’t get past their philosophical objection to sustainable development,” Senator Macdonald said.

“Not only are their lies damaging our international reputation, resulting in millions of dollars of lost tourism investment, but also they are stifling critical investment in development and infrastructure which is essential if we are to cleverly transition the economy from mining to innovation and services like tourism.”

Table 1: Coral cover changes across the whole GBR, and northern, central and southern regions*


Coral cover


Coral cover


3yr change


3yr change


Whole GBR



3.2% increase


Northern GBR



4.8% decrease


Central GBR



3.2% increase


Southern GBR



13.1% increase



*Source: Australian Institute Marine Science IMS

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