It looks bad, but all hope is not lost. It's not the first time these events happened. Several times in the past, the coral cover on Moorea had been reduced to very low levels, but corals bounced back. In a previous paper, we showed that it took about 10 years for the corals to grow back to their original levels, but the community composition changed quite a bit. It will be interesting to follow the progression of the recovery on the reef to see how different the community will be this time around.
This paper has been published in PLOS ONE, an open-access journal, which means that you can read it freely.