Great Barrier Reef Dredging Is Causing Major Damage, Study Finds

Posted by Mike Confino, February 10, 2015

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A new report has found that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (GBR) could be “severely damaged” if the government does not completely ban the dumping of dredge waste in the World Heritage Sites’ waters.

The Great Barrier Reef, the most extensive coral reef system on the planet, with 400 species of coral and 1,500 species of fish, was declared a World Heritage area in 1981. This year it risks being reclassified as a World Heritage Site in Danger. Last June, the U.N. gave the Australian government until this year to indicate that they were improving the health of the Reef. This new report, commissioned by the conservation group WWF-International, calls on supporters to “draw the line at the industrial destruction of the Great Barrier Reef.”

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