Dredging threatens Great Barrier Reef ecosystem, World Heritage status

By on November 14, 2011

Dredging in an economically important harbor near the Great Barrier Reef is being blamed for ecosystem declines that could lead to the loss of the reef’s World Heritage status.While some Australian federal officials were concerned about an apparent link between recent dredging activity and an uptick turtle deaths and fish diseases, others said the dredging was safe and studies found no ill effects.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which oversees the World Heritage program, also criticized the Australian government over natural gas development near the reef.

Read more at Sydney Morning Herald

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