Fiji’s Coral Reefs are Bouncing Back After Destructive 2016 Cyclone

March 9, 2021 by No Comments

Good news! Five years after Tropical Cyclone Winston ravaged Fiji and the surrounding areas, the devastated coral reefs surrounding the islands are showing signs of recovery. Winston was the most destructive cyclone on record, causing more than $1.4 billion in damage and claiming 44 lives. The damage extended into the waters where the 170+ MPH winds and rough swells destroyed vast quantities of precious and fragile reef ecosystem.

Years later it seems the reefs have rebounded beyond the expectations of the scientists tracking the recovery. A quick recovery indicates a healthy underlying coral, and a return of the various fish species to the area was a welcome sight as well.

Source: The Guardian