GREAT BARRIER REEF THREATS

Great Barrier Reef Threats.

The importance of protecting the Reef never been so urgent. Great Barrier Reef threats are mounting and the future of the reef is becoming more uncertain. Below is a point form breakdown of Great Barrier Reef threats. Almost certainly, many of these threats are the result of human activity and while they seem insurmountable, the fact that we as a species created them, also means that we have the power to reduce or eliminate great barrier reef threats. This means first pooling together the weight of our numbers to bring pressure to bare on decision makers and power brokers. We MUST prioritise protection of the Reef if we are to avoid the immeasurable negative impacts, not only on this natural wonder, but also on our very way of life.

Like most things to do with Nature, everything is connected and if these Great Barrier Reef threats aren’t bad enough individually, when we account for their interconnectedness, the looming prospect of a knock on effect comes into play.

  • CLIMATE CHANGE – CYCLONES, FLOODS
  • OCEAN ACIDITY
  • WARMING SEAWATER TEMPERATURES
  • UNDERWATER NOISE
  • CORAL LOSS – NOW 72%
  • LOSS OF SEAGRASS AS A RESULT OF DREDGING, CYCLONES, FLOODS
  • SEABED DISTURBANCE – DREDGING – UP TO 60 MILLION CUBIC METRES
  • DUMPING OF DREDGE SPOIL IN WORLD HERITAGE AREA
  • SEDIMENT AND DREDGE MATERIAL SMOTHERING BENTHIC COMMUNITIES
  • PORT DEVELOPMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE
  • TRANSPORT OR RESUSPENSION OF TOXIC CONTAMINANTS
  • CUMULATIVE LOSS OF SPECIES AND HABITAT INCLUDING DUGONGS, TURTLES, IN SHORE DOLPHINS
  • EXPONENTIAL INCREASE IN SHIPPING TRAFFIC
  • INCREASED RISK OF OIL SPILLS, SHIPPING ACCIDENTS
  • POLLUTION FOR PORT WASTE
  • TRANSLOCATION OF PEST SPECIES
  • IMPACTS OF COAL DUST
  • INCREASE IN CO2 EMISSIONS
  • DEGRADATION OF WATER QUALITY
  • LACK OF MANDATED LEGAL PROTECTION OF THE WORLD HERITAGE AREA
  • FAILURE OF STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS TO PROTECT THE REEF
  • LOSS OF TOURISM AND JOBS RELIANT ON TOURISM INDUSTRY

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GREAT BARRIER REEF THREATS — 3 Comments

  1. Hi, I just came across your website. In the threat section, you state “•CORAL LOSS – NOW 72%” I am kind of stunned. Can you email me the reference for that number? Is that coral coverage?

    I am also curious of why there is no mention of agricultural crop protection products as a threat?

    Keep up the great work you are doing. Sending folk with dying reefs to your website as an inspiration of what they can to save their reefs.

    Sincerely,

    Craig

  2. Hi, Just to say it is terrible to hear about the coral reef dieing It just makes me think about all the creatures that live in there and what will happen to them if the coral reef is gone. When you think about all the floods and lots of the water are going to places where they shouldn’t go and It hurts me

    Email me if you know of any business that are affecting the Great Barrier Reef it would help with my school work

    Sincerely,

    Lily age 13

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