By Good News Network
Wednesday, August 29, 2001
Australia will end commercial coral harvesting on the Great Barrier Reef in order to protect the world's largest living reef formation. While it is prohibited for private individuals to take coral from the reef, up to 200 tonnes are still taken commercially each year, most for the retail aquarium trade. A phase out plan will be implemented to try to limit the economic impact on coral harvesters along the 1,300 miles of the reef.