The Great Barrier Reef Stretching 2300km Along The Coast Of Queensland
The Great Barrier Reef stretching 2300km along the coast of Queensland is the world’s biggest coral reef system. The GBR contains many plants, animals, habitats and heritage values to the extent that this diverse marine ecosystem has been established as a global natural treasure with world heritage listing. The Reef is also extremely important to industries and communities that depend on a healthy reef for employment/ income and their recreation.
Since the 1980’s there have been alarming reports coral cover of the GBR has decreased by 50% and the majority of coral loss can be traced to human impacts from deteriorating water quality. Importantly it is the declining resilience of reefs that poses the greatest danger of reefs to respond to influencing factors such as:
• climate change
• coastal development
• land based runoff
• direct use
The above image describes the location of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. It has marked labels containing the World heritage area and Region Boundary, Great Barrier Reef Region, Great barrier Reef Marine Park, Great Barrier Reed Marine Park Management Area, Great Barrier Reef Province and Major Catchment Boundary.
An oppose was commenced to the Gladstone Port Corporation that the Western Basin Dredging and Disposal project may have affected the environment of the Great Barrier Reef. In the answer to that a Letter to all the Federal Parliaments and Queensland state Parliament,