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Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2009

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Title: Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2009
Year of publication: 2009
Publisher: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Townsville
Type of document: Report
Abstract: The outlook for the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem is at a crossroad, and it is decisions made in the next few years that are likely to determine its long-term future. Unavoidably, future predictions of climate change dominate most aspects of the Great Barrier Reef’s outlook over the next few decades. The extent and persistence of the damage to the ecosystem will depend to a large degree on the amount of change in the world’s climate and on the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem in the immediate future. This first Outlook Report identifies climate change, continued declining water quality from catchment runoff, loss of coastal habitats from coastal development and remaining impacts from fishing and illegal fishing and poaching as the priority issues reducing the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef. It also highlights gaps in information required for a better understanding of ecosystem resilience.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11017/199
ISBN: 9780000000000
Connection to GBRMPA: GBRMPA published this item
Rights: Copyright Commonwealth of Australia. This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without the prior written permission of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
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