Our Reef is being crippled by chemical pollution and sediment from farms – just when it needs to be strong in the face of rapidly warming oceans.
We must stop farm pollution and give our Great Barrier Reef the clean water it needs to restore its health.
Sediment and fertiliser runoff from farms continues to be a major threat to inshore coral reefs and seagrass meadows of the Great Barrier Reef. Nutrient pollution of the Reef’s waters is leading to increased phytoplankton, which drives massive outbreaks of the coral-eating Crown-of-Thorns Starfish.
This is an entirely preventable problem. By stopping pollution entering the Reef’s waters, we can fight the root cause of the Crown of Thorns Starfish plagues that are overwhelming the Reef.
Right now we have an incredible opportunity to help our vulnerable Great Barrier Reef. The Queensland government has committed to new regulations that will apply to agricultural, urban and industrial activities within Reef catchments to ensure they meet minimum pollution standards.
Will you add your name at this pivotal moment – demanding strong and effective laws that stop pollution and give our the Reef the clean water it needs?
Image location and credit: Matt Curnock
Flood Plume Aerial Footage from fine sediment plume from the Burdekin River starting to bathe Old Reef, south of Townsville, 2019 February Floods