Less fertiliser reaching reef
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.”
REPORT CARD: The effects of the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan are being monitored.