Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has over 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres and is home to; thirty species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises; 215 species of birds nesting, seventeen species of sea snake, more than 1,500 species of fish and at least 330 ascidian species!
The Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) has approvals to dredge 46 million cubic metres – the equivalent volume of 27 Melbourne Cricket Grounds – from within the harbour boundaries, inside the World Heritage area, over the next 20 years.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority chairman Russell Reichelt has spoken out saying dredging presents an “unacceptable risk to marine life on the reef”.
There is currently a fishing ban in place at Gladstone Harbour after a recent spike in turtle deaths and fish disease.
Senator Waters told the Senate “the reef may now be in danger of losing World Heritage status” because of the dredging and future development.
“Australians have to ask right now – are we prepared to lose one of our greatest national assets so we can turn the Great Barrier Reef into a coal and gas highway?” she said later in a statement.
Here at Abyss we say NO! We are not ready to lose our most precious ocean habitat for the sake of a few dollars to the coal and gas giants! Please click here to sign a petition to protect our world famous Great Barrier Reef.
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