Developing catchment pollutant load targets for the protection of the Great Barrier Reef

Brodie, J., Mitchell, A., Furnas, M., Haynes, D., Waterhouse, J., Ghonim, S., Morris, S., Yorkston, H., and Audas, D. (2003) Developing catchment pollutant load targets for the protection of the Great Barrier Reef. In: Protecting the Values of Rivers, Wetlands and the Reef. From: 2nd National Conference on Aquatic Environments: Sustaining our Aquatic Environments - Implementing Solutions, 20-23 November 2001, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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Internationally, coral reef systems are under threat from human activity. The International Coral Reef Initiative (Wilkinson, 1999) reported that the condition of over 50% of the world's coral reefs is declining. While the magnitude of threats varies between countries, there are common concerns: over-fishing, uncontrolled development, pollution and global climate change (Wilkinson, 1999). The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA) contains the largest system of coral reefs in the world. This diverse area is more than just coral reefs, it also includes extensive seagrass beds, mangrove forests, sandbanks, sponge and soft coral gardens, and soft bottom habitat and island communities. Of the 2,900 individual reefs, 989 are fringing and/or inshore reefs.

Item ID: 7814
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: catchment; Great Barrier Reef; pollutant; targets
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ISBN: 0-7345-2463-3
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2010 01:15
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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