IN response to the letter from Dr Rosalie Schultz in Whitsunday Times on 18 July 2013.
Dr Schultz questions how NQBP can make claims that our port operations and expansions have had no long term impacts on the Great Barrier Reef.
I can make these claims Dr Shultz because over the past 30 years NQBP has invested millions of dollars into scientific studies and environmental monitoring which has measured impacts of port operations and expansions in the marine environment.
I can make these claims based on research from other experts such as the GBRMPA and AIMS which undertook the most comprehensive reef monitoring program in the world and concluded that coral loss in the last 27 years was due primarily to storm damage, crown of thorns starfish and bleaching, not port operations or expansions.
And I can make these claims, Dr Schultz, because since 2002 we have undertaken 19 dredging campaigns successfully, with no long term or unpredicted impacts. Our record in relation to environmental management of dredging in our ports is without blemish. Brad Fish CEO, North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation