ACRS science-based policy plan for the Great Barrier Reef- Comments on reef policy plans in the 2016 election

Australia is a world leader in the management of marine ecosystems, yet the threats faced by reefs are
growing at an unprecedented rate. Solutions to these problems lie in environmental governance and climate
change mitigation. Below we highlight the primary threats to coral reefs, and the policies proposed to
address them by the two major parties running in the Australian 2016 election.