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Marine Park Authority Permit to Dredge and Spoil Dump within the GBR

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Permit and conditions in which North Queensland Bulk Ports Authority will be allowed to dredge and spoil dump within the GBR marine park. 

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New study links dredging to diseased corals - Latest releases - AIMS

New study links dredging to diseased corals - Latest releases - AIMS | Great Barrier Reef | Scoop.it
In a world-first study published today, researchers say dredging activity near coral reefs can increase the frequency of diseases affecting corals.
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UN, Scientists Alarmed Over Plan to Dump Dredged Mud In Great Barrier Reef - Earth Island Journal

UN, Scientists Alarmed Over Plan to Dump Dredged Mud In Great Barrier Reef - Earth Island Journal | Great Barrier Reef | Scoop.it
“Earth Island Journal UN, Scientists Alarmed Over Plan to Dump Dredged Mud In Great Barrier Reef Earth Island Journal The Australian and Queensland governments have approved the dumping proposal as part of the massive expansion of the coal port...”
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Highlights the need for further scientific study to understand the impact of dredging and dumping which is supported by UNESCO.
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PAHs in the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon reach potentially toxic level from coal port activities

PAHs in the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon reach potentially toxic level from coal port activities | Great Barrier Reef | Scoop.it
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The data shown here demonstrate that the coastal sediments offshore of the Hay Point coal port are already contaminated with coal residues which exceed the ANZECC/ARMCANZ (2013) toxicity guidelines and approach toxicity values under the US EPA guidelines. 

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Report-2-World-Heritage-Area-at-Risk-GBR.pdf

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this report recommends a need for further independent and credible research surrounding the GBR to clarify the extent of the impact of tourism and the resources sector use on the natural asset. Emphasis on the monitoring of cumulative effects is essential. In addition, this report highlights the need for educational campaigns amongst not only the Australian public but also internationally. More information on the reef ecosystem, causes and effects of particular activities, and risk assessments would help the public – and stakeholders – to understand potential conflicts and make informed decisions. It also contains some useful graphs and tables.

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mo032_fight_for_the_reef_report_to_the_unesco_world_heritage_committee_30jan14.pdf

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Outlines the decline in the health of the GBR despite efforts to reduce the impact of climate change and farming practices.

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Guiding principles for the improved governance of port and shipping impacts in the Great Barrier Reef

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reviews the impact of ports and shipping on the GBR.

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Anthropogenic contaminants in Indo-Pacific humpback and Australian snubfin dolphins from the central and southern Great Barrier Reef

Anthropogenic contaminants in Indo-Pacific humpback and Australian snubfin dolphins from the central and southern Great Barrier Reef | Great Barrier Reef | Scoop.it
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This article discusses the need for the ongoing monitoring of contaminants to reduce the adverse effects on marine fauna.

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Dredging the Great Barrier Reef: Use and misuse of science

Dredging the Great Barrier Reef: Use and misuse of science | Great Barrier Reef | Scoop.it
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The issues of mismanagement of the GBR are discussed and the need for more comprehensive plan.

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Dredging does impact coral reefs, world-first scientific study finds - NEWS.com.au

Dredging does impact coral reefs, world-first scientific study finds - NEWS.com.au | Great Barrier Reef | Scoop.it
Dredging does impact coral reefs, world-first scientific study finds
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The findings are at odds with the campaign run by Environment Minister Andrew Powell to stop UNESCO from listing the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area in danger.
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Information which scientifically proves that dredging and spoil dumping directly impacts on the GBR health.

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report-card-2012-2013.pdf

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This report card measures progress from the 2009 baseline towards Reef Water Quality Protection Plan 2009 (Reef Plan) targets. It  assesses the combined results of all Reef Plan actions up to June 2013.

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Sediment and Turbidity Associated with Offshore Dredging Increase Coral Disease Prevalence on Nearby Reefs

Sediment and Turbidity Associated with Offshore Dredging Increase Coral Disease Prevalence on Nearby Reefs | Great Barrier Reef | Scoop.it
PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.
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reef-plan-2013.pdf

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Research into understanding what level of management change is required to deliver a healthy reef.

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Economic-contribution-of-the-Great-Barrier-Reef-2013.pdf

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This report is an economic contribution study measures the tourist, recreational, commercial fishing and scientific research and management activity within the Reef catchment and the World Heritage Area, and estimates the economic contribution of this activity to the Reef catchment, Queensland and Australia. The report outlines the geographical contribution for each of the NRM regions within the catchment.

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REEF_DREDGE_Doc_Spreads.pdf

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This report provides an overview of what dredging involves, the current status of dredging projects along the Reef’s coast and the latest research on the impacts of dredging and dumping.

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Dumping in the park: Arguments on Abbot Point - ABC Far North Qld - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Dumping in the park: Arguments on Abbot Point - ABC Far North Qld - Australian Broadcasting Corporation | Great Barrier Reef | Scoop.it
A dump of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef marine park area has been approved. So what are the pros and cons?
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Environmental impacts of dredging and other sediment disturbances on corals

Environmental impacts of dredging and other sediment disturbances on corals | Great Barrier Reef | Scoop.it
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 Exploration of the impact of dredging intensity and frequency on coral.

 

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A critical review of environmental management of the 'not so Great Barrier Reef'

A critical review of environmental management of the 'not so Great Barrier Reef' | Great Barrier Reef | Scoop.it
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The article reviews status of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and likely future condition. The interaction of science and management and hence policy is analysed. The article highlights delays in management due to the need for robust science. The GBR faces a bleak future under climate change stress.  Actions on water quality and no-take zones give resilience against climate change.

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Mission Report, Reactive Monitoring Mission to Great Barrier Reef, Australia, 6th to 14th March 2012

Mission Report, Reactive Monitoring Mission to Great Barrier Reef, Australia, 6th to 14th March 2012 | Great Barrier Reef | Scoop.it

UNESCO

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The health of the GBR as assessed and discussed by UNESCO. They expressed concerns about the possible impacts of dredging and spoil dumping. Further they recommend that there be no port expansion beyond what currently exists. 

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