Less fer­tiliser reach­ing reef

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

THE sev­enth Great Bar­rier Reef Re­port Card has pro­vided a snap­shot into the long-term col­lec­tive ef­forts of the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sus­tain­abil­ity Plan.

The re­sults in­clude a re­duc­tion in av­er­age an­nual loads of dis­solved in­or­ganic ni­tro­gen (DIN) by a fur­ther 5.5 to 25.5 per cent in the Bur­dekin, and 4.1 to 9.6 per cent in the Fitzroy.

Queens­land farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion (QFF) pres­i­dent Stu­art Ar­mitage said the 2016 Re­port Card of­fered a con­struc­tive up­date on the progress of many as­pects as­so­ci­ated with im­prov­ing the health of the Reef, even though agri­cul­ture was the only sec­tor mea­sured and fac­tored in to the re­sults.

“Queens­land farm­ers from var­i­ous in­dus­tries are en­gaged in pro­grams that are im­ple­mented over a num­ber of years,” Mr Ar­mitage said.

“Not all the ac­tiv­i­ties un­der­taken dur­ing the re­port­ing pe­riod are in­cluded, so these re­sults are con­sid­ered a con­ser­va­tive es­ti­mate of the progress our sec­tor has made.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RE­PORT CARD: The ef­fects of the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sus­tain­abil­ity Plan are be­ing mon­i­tored.

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