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The Great Barrier Reef has had some respite during summer, new research has found


Climate change still poses the greatest threat to the Great Barrier Reef, despite a new report revealing that the Reef has had some much needed relief during summer.

A 2020-21 Summer Summary by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Australian Institute of Marine Science, and CSIRO has found that conditions this summer were relatively uneventful, in a positive way.

The report says the last summer period has been less intense than previous times which have caused mass coral bleaching.

Despite the promising news, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Chloe Schauble says it does not mean the reef is thriving.

"It's really important that even though we've got this summer which has given the reef a little bit of break, there are still ongoing impacts and it is important that we don't stop with our efforts to look after the reef," Ms Schauble says.

The snapshot aims to monitor the recovery of the Great Barrier Reef and provide information about protecting further.

Ms Schauble says the report will help guide current efforts to ensure a healthy ecosystem for future generations.

"In-water actions are important, compliance with the zoning rules, also continuing with Crown of Thorns starfish control, and other reef interventions, they're all part of the mix that will give the reef the best outlook in the long term,” she says.

"Together, all of us, we need to be looking after this wonderful place that we have under our care."