Aerial of the Great Barrier Reef.
Aerial of the Great Barrier Reef. C Veron

Full report yet to be released on 'poor' Great Barrier Reef

WHILE the overall health of the Great Barrier Reef has been downgraded to "poor", the State Government is yet to release the latest full report card on the national icon.

Federal Environment Minister Mark Butler and his state counterpart Andrew Powell met in Brisbane to discuss the environmental health of the reef on Wednesday.

After the high-level meeting, the two ministers spoke to the media, saying they were releasing the 2011 report card on the reef.

However, while a six-page summary of the report card has been published on the Queensland Government website, the complete report remained un-released on Thursday.

It is understood the summary of the full report was released, but the final report and associated data had not yet been approved for release by the state government.

The summary showed the overall health of the reef had declined from "moderate" to "poor" between 2009 and 2011, primarily on the back of natural disasters and nutrient run-off.

But that summary made no mention of any threats, such as coastal development, which has been cited as a growing issue by the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

While it did not detail the effects or future threats of such developments, the report card did note much progress in reducing nutrient and chemical run-off into the reef.

It also found the majority of the reductions in such run-off were driven primarily by the federal government, rather than the state or industry.



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