The Australian government has announced a A$60m (£34m; $48m) plan to help improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef.
The reef suffered mass coral bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, which scientists said were a result of warmer ocean temperatures.
It has also endured damage from crown-of-thorns starfish and cyclones.
The new money, to be spent in four ways, will particularly target starfish and soil erosion.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said there was a “strong link” between the coral-eating species and run-off from water pollution.
“While [the reef] is facing increasing threats, we intend to remain leaders in reef management,” he said.
The new measures include spending:
It is part of a commitment by federal and state governments to spend A$2bn on improving the reef over the next decade.
“We want to ensure its future for the benefit of all Australians, particularly those whose livelihood depends on the reef,” the government said in a statement on …
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