The Great Barrier Reef needs evidence-based regulation of farm practices that impact water quality
The two largest threats to the GBR are water quality from land-based pollutants and climate change. Urgent and efficient action is necessary to curb the impacts of both threats on the GBR, as many habitats are deteriorating accordingly. It takes several years for management practices to improve the effects of poor water quality on aquatic systems. Without immediate action, water quality will remain in poor condition in the GBR, and will continue to threaten ecosystem health.
To highlight the need for action in water quality management, the ACRS has provided a submission to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee (RRAT) regarding the identification of leading practices in ensuring evidence-based regulation of farm practices that impact water quality outcomes in the Great Barrier Reef.