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2 Nov, 2013

Port developments threaten Great Barrier Reef – Sydney Morning Herald

Much of the Great Barrier Reef is continuing to degrade, especially areas closest to the mainland, where new port developments are awaiting approval from the federal government.

The latest strategic assessment of the reef confirmed that, while there were pockets of good news, hard coral had declined by half since 1986 in the bottom two-thirds of the reef, south of Cooktown.

The report also found increased turbidity in the inshore areas of the reef, the result of increased sedimentation caused by run-off and development.

”The Great Barrier Reef is in decline in a significant way,” Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority chairman Russell Reichelt said.

Read the rest: Fears for reef over port developments.