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HomeWorking alongside the Great Barrier ReefFAST FACTS - Queensland Resources Council


The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) was declared an Australian Marine Park in 1975 and in 1981 was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The marine park extends along 80 percent of Queensland’s eastern coastline, covering 348,000 square kilometres.
Eleven commercial trading ports are incorporated in the GBR’s World Heritage listing. The ports are fundamental to Queensland’s global trade in coal, metals, gas, sugar and grain—more than $32 billion in 2013-14 They are also entry points for imports including oil, general cargo and tourist shipping.
In 2009, the GBR was considered to be at a crossroad, with decisions made in subsequent years likely to determine its long-term future. Since then, continuing investment in management of the Reef has had some positive results. For example, pollutant loads entering the Reef have measurably reduced as a result of comprehensive planning and local action, and Traditional Use of Marine Resource Agreements are improving Traditional Owner control of dugong and turtle hunting for traditional purposes.
However, the greatest risks to the Great Barrier Reef have not changed. They remain poor water quality from land-based run-off, crown of thorns starfish, impacts from coastal development, and climate change,..
Neither an increase in shipping traffic nor port dredging has been scientifically recorded as contributing to coral cover loss or a historical decline in the environmental health of the GBR. Dredging occurs in shallower port areas. It does not occur in the outer reef areas where deep and wide shipping channels exist naturally.
Around the clock shipping navigation services include automated position reporting, an automatic ship identification system and emergency response protocols along the entire length of the GBR. Despite a substantial increase in ship movements since 1996, groundings have reduced from one per year to just a single incident since then. After this incident, ship tracking was further improved to prevent this type of shipping accident from happening again.
On 1 June 2015, the federal government’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment (Capital Dredge Spoil Dumping) Regulation 2015 was gazetted. This regulation bans capital dredge disposal in the GBR Marine Park and will complement the regulation of capital dredging by the Queensland Government in their Sustainable Ports Bill, which was introduced into Parliament on 3 June 2015.
Almost one million Queenslanders live adjacent to or rely for their livelihoods on the successful co-existence of commercial activities and world-class environmental protection of the Great Barrier Reef.