The Federal Government has delivered another bleak report card for the health of the Great Barrier Reef, revealing pollution loads are still too high in most of its catchments.
The Great Barrier Reef Report Card 2015 shows sugarcane and grazing management and river catchment pollution have been graded either ‘E’ for very poor or ‘D’ for poor.
It also stated that the overall inshore marine environment and the seagrass there were in poor condition in 2014-2015.
Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg acknowledged there was significant work to do, but said there were some improvements.
“But coral and water quality improved from a D to C in part due to some recent drier years, which gave the reef a chance to recover after a number of floods and tropical cyclones,” he said.
Queensland Environment Minister Steven Miles said the report shows parts of the reef are suffering.
“They are suffering because historically there has been a failure to address run-off pollution and climate change,” he said.
“That is why it is so important we’re taking the steps we’re taking to improve water quality and address farm practice.”
Mr Miles said the poor results in the report card are due to the former Newman government’s failure to make progress on reef protection.
“The Palaszczuk Government’s investment since this reporting period has substantially increased, and I hope this report strengthens Mr Frydenberg’s hand in securing additional federal funding that is needed.”Great Barrier Reef Report Card 2015