Coral reefs

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    Video caption: Indonesia coral reef partially restored in extensive project

    Around 40,000 sq m of coral reef has been restored in Indonesia with plans to extend the scheme further.

  2. Building Bodies

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    Video caption: David Attenborough examines the creatures and fossils of the Great Barrier Reef.

    David Attenborough examines the creatures and fossils of the Great Barrier Reef, which provide clues to how the original primitive animals of the sea evolved.

  3. Great Barrier Reef

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    Video caption: Scientists discover what the future holds for the Great Barrier Reef.

    To find out what the future holds for the Great Barrier Reef, scientists monitor green turtles, follow families of breeding birds and meet the reef’s curious residents.

  4. Coral Reefs

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    Video caption: The ingenious ways life exists in the undersea cities of tropical reefs.

    The wildlife documentary series narrated by David Attenborough reveals the ingenious ways life exists in the undersea cities of tropical reefs.

  5. Coral Seas

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    Video caption: This programme focuses on the amazingly fragile ecosystems of the world's coral reefs.

    David Attenborough narrates a natural history of the oceans. Developed over centuries, coral reefs house fragile ecosystems, but they too have to fight to survive.

  6. Can mapping the Great Barrier Reef help it survive?

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    Video caption: Hundreds of volunteers are helping to map the Great Barrier Reef

    Non-scientists have been asked to take and categorise thousands of photos of the Great Barrier Reef.

  7. Permit system recommended for offshore reef visitors

    BBC Radio Jersey

    UK experts have recommended Jersey introduce a permit system on its offshore reefs, which would pay for wardens.

    It is one of several suggestions to manage the number of tourists visiting the Ecrehous and the Minquiers in the summer.

    In recent years, conservationists have called for wardens to start patrolling the offshore reefs because of worries that too many visitors could disturb wildlife there.

    A new report from an architect studying Jersey's future planning policies has highlighted the importance of protecting the special qualities of the Ecrehous and the Minquiers.

    It talked about limiting the number of boats that can moor there, or introducing a quota system for private companies that take people on tours of the reefs.

    It suggested the permit system would pay seasonal wardens to patrol the reefs or an alternative source of funding would be asking people who run tours to pay a charge for a set number of visitors.

    It also said any effort to manage visitor numbers needed to take into account the unique character of the reefs without cluttering them with signs or artificial paths.

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    Video caption: Great Barrier Reef: Uncovering the secrets of Australia's deep waters

    In the most extensive deep-sea study of two marine parks, scientists have found new and rare species.

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    Video caption: Rowley Shoals: The bleached Australian reef and a Covid challenge

    When coral bleaching was suspected in a pristine reef, scientists turned to some unlikely surveyors.

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    Video caption: Campaigners win fight to stop Maldives islands becoming luxury resort

    Local residents in the Maldives have won a campaign against developers and the government who wanted to turn two islands into a luxury resort.