General Iformation for overseas vistors/lurkers/media/non north queensland members and those who don't know: The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Barrier_Reef
That leaves plenty of room for stocks to repopulate decimated populations. For some reason the entire world thinks the reef is 100 metres off shore is 10 metres wide and 5 kilometrs long made out of tissue paper and grew overnight sometime last tuesday 3 weeks ago, when you read some of the rubbish put out by PEW and Greenpeace.
Cyclones smash reef formations, destroying habitat and evicting some species from areas that may take 50 to 100 years to recover, but it is a purely natural occurance, the same with floods and silt deposits etc. It has been in existance for around 500,000 years and has been subjected to cyclones, floods, earthquakes and has somehow managed to survive without any help from man kind.