Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef ecosystem on our blue planet, representing about 10% of all the world's coral reefs. It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and is dearly loved by locals and visitors alike.
Spanning 2,300km along the Queensland coast, the Great Barrier Reef's 3,000 coral reef systems contain a huge diversity of marine plants and animals, such as sea turtles, reef fish, sharks, hard and soft corals and migrating whales. It supports a $6 billion tourism industry, recreational and commercial fishing and represents a unique way of life for coastal communities along the Reef coast.
But all this is under threat from plans for unprecedented expansion of the coal industry and its associated infrastructure. Queensland's 40 new port, rail and mine developments are too much, too quickly for a reef already under pressure.
There are proposals for six mega-port developments and an explosion of ship movements to one-an-hour along a coal superhighway through the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
Our World Heritage Reef is already under pressure. If we don't act now, we risk making mistakes that could last for generations.
Visit the Fight for the Reef website and sign up today to help save the Reef!
AMCS has a long, proud history of fighting for the Great Barrier Reef. We played a critical role in establishing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and World Heritage Area. We're still there every step of the way asking the Queensland and Australian Governments to make decisions in the best interest of the Reef and its communities, rather than cosy deals with the mining companies and big developers.
The future of the Reef hangs in the balance. Big decisions are being made in 2013 that will have a lasting impact and ultimately determine if our Reef survives and thrives.
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Banner image: Anemone fish by Troy Mayne, Oceanic Imagery.