The Great Barrier Reef has been given a value for the first . The company Deloitte Access Economics has put a value on one of nature's most wonders. Deloitte's report valued the reef at US$42.5 , and a worth of US$4.9 billion a to the Australian . The reef supports 64,000 full-time jobs in , fishing, recreation and research. This is over three times more than those employed by Australia's national . The report says: "The …the reef supports across Australia far exceeds the supported by many industries."
Putting a value on the World Heritage-listed reef is one to conserve it for future . People will look after the reef if they know how it is. Deloitte said the reef is worth "more than 12 Sydney Opera Houses". However, the reef is in . Global warming is bleaching and killing the . A local businessman said it was "" that a value was put on the reef. He questioned why people needed to talk about, "it in terms of ". He said: "We have a social to look after the Great Barrier Reef." He hoped that would help motivate .