26 Sep 2012

World's coral reefs to die within 50 years - ANU

10:44 pm on 26 September 2012

The Australian National University says the global coral reef ecosystem will soon be destroyed.

An ecologist in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Roger Bradbury, says overfishing, ocean acidification and pollution are pushing coral reefs into oblivion.

He says research shows there is no prospect of changing the trajectory of coral reef destruction in less than 20 to 50 years.

Professor Bradbury says funding should now go towards research to deal with the consequences of a destroyed coral reef and the effects on poor tropical countries like Indonesia and the Philippines who depend on coral reefs for food.