Our beautiful Great Barrier Reef is being crippled by sediment and chemical pollution from farms and land based runoff – 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 chemical runoff from farms is a major threat to inshore coral reefs and seagrass meadows in our Great Barrier Reef. These ecosystems are critical habitats for threatened dugongs, turtles and juvenile fish. Nutrients from fertiliser pollution in the Reef’s waters also fuels massive outbreaks of the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish, which devour our coral reefs.
While climate change remains the biggest threat to our Great Barrier Reef, we need to clean up the water that flows from the land to reduce further pressure and help it recover.
This year we secured 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. These regulations will reduce sediment and chemical pollution and improve water quality – giving safe, clean water for our Reef.