Reefs are in danger from dredging

DREDGING in the Great Barrier Reef poses a risk to water quality which can jeopardise coral regeneration and lead to loss of habitat and decline in marine species, says Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority chief executive Russell Riechelt. “Dredging effects can be extensive,” he said.

Queensland’s Gladstone Harbour project has been at the centre of an environmental battle, with conservationists and fishermen blaming dredging in the area for a bizarre illness affecting local marine life.

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