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The future of the reef   
Friday, 27 July 2012

Produced by Michael Rhee

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Earlier this month in Cairns, thousands of top ocean experts gathered for a conference about the state of the world's coral reefs. Much of the discussion centered around how these marine ecosystems are declining at a rapid pace. That includes Australia's own Great Barrier Reef.

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Jeremy Jackson - Senior Scientist Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution and Professor of Oceanography Emeritus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Alana Grech - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University
Jon Brodie - Catchment to Reef Research Group, Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research, James Cook University
Terry Hughes, Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University

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Cairns Coral Reef Symposium
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