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  1. GREAT BARRIER REEF

  2. Total Visitor by Year Mandy Wild

  3. STATISTICS • Longest coral reef in the world • Approximately 2000 km long • Consists of over 3000 reefs • Home to 1500 species of fish • Contains 400 types of hard and soft coral • 200 species of bird life Mandy Wild

  4. Why is the Reef important? • Protective habitat for marine life • Protects inner Australian shoreline • Outer edge received full force of waves • Provides a nursery for fish and marine life • Reef Organisms offer medical treatments • Possible bone replacement • Treatments for cancer and AIDS Mandy Wild

  5. Primary tourism users are: • Dive operators • Island resorts • Cruise ships • Charter vessels • Scenic flights Mandy Wild

  6. THREATS • Global warming • Coral bleaching • Increase in tropical storms (damage coral) • Crown-of-Thorns starfish • Natural predators of coral • Sediment and chemical runoff • Affects water quality • Coral disease Mandy Wild