10/05/2012

Starfish Blamed for Great Barrier Reef Coral Loss

Over the past 27 years, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its live coral cover, and a type of starfish is partly to blame for the alarming decline. Mark Eakin, head of NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch program, discusses how to save the world’s largest coral reef system.

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Segment Guests

Mark Eakin

Mark Eakin is a coordinator at Coral Reef Watch at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in College Park, Maryland.

Meet the Producer

About Denise Chow

Denise Chow is a sci-tech editor at Live Science and a former associate producer for Science Friday.