Reduction of threats needed to boost reef’s ability to recover
See it while you can. The outlook for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is “poor and deteriorating”, a new report says. The five-yearly report released by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority shows that further deterioration is expected in the coming years, despite efforts at conservation.
Climate change remains the biggest threat to the world’s largest coral structure, which stretches for 2,700 kilometres along Australia’s eastern coast. Poor water quality from land-based run-off, coastal development and fishing also pose challenges.
Greater reduction of all threats at local and regional levels is needed to improve the reef’s ability to recover.
“Even with the recent management initiatives to reduce threats and improve resilience, the overall outlook for the Great Barrier Reef is poor, has worsened since 2009 and is expected to further deteriorate,” the report says.
[photo courtesy Tourism Queensland]