The scientific focus on improving water quality across the Great Barrier Reef is reaping returns according to the latest report card released by the state and federal governments today.
Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Michael Roche said science-based programs, not fear campaigns from environmental activists, were making a significant improvement to reef health.
“The reef report card findings are proof the concerted effort to improve water quality and protect against the biggest threats to the reef is paying dividends,” Mr Roche said.
“It’s fantastic to hear today the work that’s been going into the reef over the recent years is turning around its health.
“Results show pollutant loads entering the reef have significantly reduced since 2009 and are well on the way to reaching targets that could halt, or reverse, the decline in the water quality.
“The vast improvements to water quality across the reef are the result of a scientific and evidence-based approach from credible studies conducted by eminent scientific organisations such as the Australian Institute of Marine Science.”
The adoption of improved land management practices is resulting in a significant decline in the overall runoff from sediment (11%), pesticide (28%) and nitrogen (10%). However, the inshore marine environment remained poor due to extreme weather events.
Press Release, June 12, 2014