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Great Barrier Reef in near pristine condition: dive boat operators

August 24, 2016

By Paul Homewood 




From Cairns News:


The healthy Great Barrier Reef deniers have been caught out lying about coral bleaching and the near-pristine condition of the world’s best coral icon.

Dive boat operators who visit the reef almost on a daily basis taking thousands of tourists on diving expeditions have been telling authorities for several years there is nothing wrong with the reef.

They have warned lying so-called conservation bodies such as the WWF, Wilderness Society, CAFNEC, the National Coral Bleaching Taskforce and the Australian Conservation Foundation their misleading campaigns would harm the Far North tourism trade.

Tourist operators have advised the State Government that coral bleaching is a natural and annual event that can affect small sections of the reef.

Spirit of Freedom dive boat owner Chris Eade told the Cairns Post that reports of coral bleaching along 93 per cent of the 2300 klm reef had damaged the reputation of the $5 billion tourism industry.

“Scientists had written off the entire northern section as a complete white-out,” Mr Eade said.

“We expected the worst, but it is in tremendous condition, most of it pristine, the rest in full recovery.”

“It shows the resilience of the reef.”


Mike Ball Dive Expeditions operations manager Craig Stephen, who conducted a similar survey on the remote reefs 20 years ago, said there had been almost no change in two decades despite the latest coral bleaching event.

“The discrepancy is phenomenal. It is so wrong. Everywhere we have been we have found healthy reefs,” Mr Ball said.

“There has been a great disservice to the Great Barrier Reef and tourism and it has not been good for our industry.”

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority estimated a mass coral white-out of between 50 to 60 per cent, on average, for reefs off Cape York.

Scientists with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies reported about 35 per cent mortality but warned “the final death toll” on some reefs may exceed 90 per cent.

This year the worst bleaching was found at Lizard Island, 180 klms north of Cooktown, where several reefs have shown distress due to fluctuating water temperatures.

Photo: Quicksilver Cruises Dive boat operators maintain the reef is in near-pristine condition, dismissing the lies of conservation groups

Photo: Quicksilver Cruises
Dive boat operators maintain the reef is in near-pristine condition, dismissing the lies of conservation groups


According to the late Professor Bob Carter of James Cook University in an interview several years ago, this is a natural phenomenon that has occurred for several thousand years.

The climate and reef-runoff cults namely the Labor Party, Greens and conservation groups have campaigned to stop sediment runoff from farming areas which they claim is causing coral bleaching and would be doomsday for the entire reef.

The only problem with the Lizard Island bleaching is that no farming or grazing occurs on the entire eastern coastline or hinterland north of Cooktown which includes the nearby mainland opposite the tourist island. The closest farming activities are 180 kilometres to the south.

Never letting the facts get in the way of a fictitious environmental issue, the State Government in June purchased the large pastoral property ‘Springvale’, 50 klms west of Cooktown for $6.7 million ostensibly to prevent sediment runoff from grazing.

If ever the government made an unnecessary land acquisition, this one took the cake.  The Government’s own Chief Scientist Dr Geoff Garrett in May released a report clearing the Spingvale/ Normanby River system of any measurable sediment runoff entering the ocean.

ALP sources have advised there are several more property acquisitions from the Cooktown district in the pipeline, which, according to Lakeland district graziers, would be a monumental waste of taxpayers money and would have a severe impact on the district’s economy.

The Labor Government now proposes a blanket World Heritage listing over the entire Cape York Peninsula to pacify the Greens after their planned, savage vegetation management bill was voted down last week in Parliament, thanks to the good grace of the independent Member for Cook, Billy Gordon.

This vexatious World Heritage nomination will be sure to agitate indigenous people and pastoralists who said they would take the fight to the minority ALP government which is teetering on the edge of electoral defeat.



Yet another green lie exposed.

  1. Ben Vorlich permalink
    August 24, 2016 1:46 pm

    It’s probably at most risk from uncontrolled diving and souvenir removal than CO2

    • Sceptical Sam permalink
      August 25, 2016 8:47 am

      Ben, If you’ve visited the GBR you would know that the professional dive operators strictly ensure no “souvenir” coral is taken. The only thing taken are photographs.

      In my experience (and I have a bit) the visitors are very responsible and generally express their concern for the preservation of the Reef in its current pristine state.

      If you haven’t visited, then you should. It is truly magnificent.

  2. August 24, 2016 1:59 pm

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    This latest dose of Great Barrier Reef fear-mongering recently beamed across the world, care of climate activist groups and their complicit media, has no doubt done untold damage to Australia’s international reputation. Most critically and sadly to its tourist industry, endangering the livelihoods of the good people who are employed in the region.

    Who will be made accountable or held responsible for the blatant lies, exaggeration of data and wreckless alarmism trotted out in order to forward their climate agenda? Falsehoods that do far more harm than good.

    Of course, no one will be held accountable. Because again, the worst any reef or climate change alarmist can ever be accused of is an excess of “save the planet” virtue.

  3. August 24, 2016 3:59 pm

    Hang on. What do people working on the reef know about it? Surely only the climate scientists, modellers and green NGOs know what is really going on under the surface. They can see what is coming in the future.

    • Streetcred permalink
      August 25, 2016 6:08 am

      /sarc 😉

  4. Bloke down the pub permalink
    August 24, 2016 4:52 pm

    It’s strange how so many of the symptoms of climate change seem to be in inaccessible places or a generation in the future.

  5. John F. Hultquist permalink
    August 24, 2016 6:30 pm

    There is a nice general information article here:

    In the western USA, there is the issue of aging forests. All things grow, and grow old. Then we die. Coral reefs, forests, people. A good season for new things will show a burst of growth. Years later a poor season will follow with death. In the USA, after the Big War and the “peace operation” in Korea, there was a baby boom and their time has now come.
    For many of Washington State’s trees the time has come also, and it is hot and dry (summer, we call it) and fires cleanse the land of the old.
    The Gov., Jay Inslee, declares a state of emergency, and blames climate change — meaning CO2.
    Individual groupings (parts) come and go. The Great Barrier Reef, and the forests, survived the last glacial advance — a hard time for coral and trees. When ice left the land and returned to the ocean, that was a good time for coral and trees. Since then growth and dying have been recurring phenomena.
    The quest for power and control has overridden any notion of natural processes the alarmists types might have once had.
    Rant over. Back to my room now.

  6. Curious George permalink
    August 25, 2016 1:16 am

    This is only an anecdote. Only a catastrophic report is science.

  7. Graeme No.3 permalink
    August 25, 2016 6:06 am

    Normally these claims come out earlier in the year when funding for research is being decided, and the bigger the threat the more money can be expected from the bottom less Federal money bag. I presume that this is an attempt to pressure an insecure Federal government or a ramping up thr threat to make sure lots of money flows.

  8. August 25, 2016 7:37 am

    Is this the end for the so-called environmentalists Great Barrier Rip-off?

  9. August 25, 2016 9:40 am

    A lot of bad news for the climate-change believers, but all blustered over and increased press coverage to compensate. Tom Bawden is now given full pages for his idiocy in the “I”.

    Must be rough for them to know that apart from the oceans not becoming acidic, Polar Bears are increasing, the Antarctic is increasing, the arctic still has ice, the glaciers have not all gone etc. But as noted above they can predict the future so accurately that they know what the climate will do in a hundred years time, and of course, predict DOOM.

    They will need to work on their algorithms for temperature fiddling, sorry homogenising, to compensate.

  10. August 25, 2016 12:49 pm

    My late parents visited the Great Barrier Reed in 1968 when we were in Australia for a wedding. I was busy in Adelaide preparing to be in a friend’s wedding in August, but my parents were on a boat trip from Cairns to the Reef and got to walk around on it. Then to Alice Springs, Ayer’s Rock and by train to Adelaide. I shivered in Adelaide.

  11. Oliver K. Manuel permalink
    August 25, 2016 8:06 pm

    This is another reminder that the powerful force that controls the Sun and Earth’s climate can and will restore humanity’s contact with reality.

    All is well,

  12. September 5, 2016 4:11 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

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