The Reef and Marine Issues


North Queensland's magnificent coast is under constant threat from agricultural, industrial and urban development and NQCC works with other groups, local and national, to defend it.

In recent years a major threat has come from the expansion of coal mining in Queensland, since port expansion and increased freight traffic through reef waters would have direct impacts on the Reef, while the acceleration of global warming due to burning all that coal would damage the reef indirectly through coral bleaching, ocean acidification and cyclones (the intensity of which is increasing with climate change).

Other stresses on the Reef include outbreaks of Crown-of-Thorns starfish (increased by the nutrients in run-off to the ocean), over-fishing, the dumping of dredge spoil near ports along the coast, run-off from mining and industrial operations, and run-off of both silt and nutrients from land clearing and agriculture (see Environmental threats to the Great Barrier Reef on Wikipedia for more on these problems).

Our work in protecting the Great Barrier Reef is therefore bound up with our campaigns on climate change, coal and vegetation management, and many of our blog posts will be listed under multiple campaigns.

Click here for our posts relevant to the Reef, and here to check our archive for older posts.

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