An area 50 km offshore between the coast and the Great Barrier reef, known as the lagoon, hosts diverse gardens of marine life: soft corals, sponges, sea-whips and fish. A study by CSIRO Marine Research and the Queensland Department of Primary Industries found that prawn trawling in the region had a cumulative effect on this marine life, depending on trawling intensity and the capacity of individual species to recover between trawls.
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<table style="border:1px solid;padding:2px; width:310px;" ><tr><td><a href="https://www.scienceimage.csiro.au/image/2517/"><img src="https://www.scienceimage.csiro.au/images/embed/300_0_AS0939.jpg" width="300" alt="Gorgonians and a Sponge" style="margin: 0 0 5px 0; border: 0px;"></a><br/><a href="https://www.scienceimage.csiro.au/image/2517/">Gorgonians and a Sponge</a><br />by CSIRO</td></tr></table>
Gorgonians and a Sponge