New research has revealed the devastating impact bleaching has had on some species of fish. After back-to-back bleaching events, the homes of millions of fish have been gone in the blink of an eye.
The research comes from a team at James Cook University who has monitored the fish population at 16 reefs around Lizard Island before, during, and after major bleaching events in 2016.
The results show that many species are now gone.
The declining variety of species can potentially make the reef more susceptible.Â Professor Terry Hughes of James Cook University said that, “we are anticipating that the dramatic loss of corals in the last two years will have a longer term impact on reef based fishing.”
Recent research has made in advances in trying to slow the process of coral bleaching by using sun shields and research has also advanced in working on regrowing reefs with coral frags but this will only make a very small impact as both these methods cannot be deployed on a large scale.
The best way to reduce bleaching and save the worlds coral reefs is keep fossil fuels in the ground instead of burning them for energy.