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Can tourism protect the Great Barrier Reef?

Can tourism protect the Great Barrier Reef?
It's a tranquil afternoon on the Whitsunday Islands at the southern end of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. A tour boat sits moored on a thin slice of white sand as snorkelers marvel at coral beneath crystal clear waters. But the boat's captain, Mike Evans, says these days some visitors have worries on their minds. "I've actually had a few people tell me that they've come to see the reef before it's too late," he told DW. "I tell them that our area's fine but they are having bleaching problems up north." Lost treasure? Last year, there were reports of the largest coral die-off ever recorded at the Great Barrier Reef. The reef's northern region lost 67 percent of its shallow-water corals in 2016, prompting some media to claim the reef was " already dead ." The damage didn't extend as far south as the Whitsunday Islands. But tour operators in...
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