Download: The ACRS Disagrees with Peter Ridd’s Questionable Claims

Statement by the Australian Coral Reef Society on Great Barrier Reef water quality claims

The Australian Coral Reef Society is deeply concerned that members of the Queensland public are being misinformed about the role of water quality in supporting a healthy Great Barrier Reef.

Supported by the sugar cane industry, Dr Peter Ridd has been making several claims about coral reef science during lectures and in media interviews and articles. Several of Dr Ridd’s claims are not true, while others could be characterised as strawmen arguments that ignore much greater challenges faced by the Great Barrier Reef.

In the attached statement, we dispute those arguments and urge the public to reconsider the truthfulness behind Peter Ridd’s claims.