About the campaign
The story so far
2013 was a big year in the Fight for the Reef. Together, we have achieved incredible things. Watch the video to see the highlights! The fight is not over yet, there is still work to be done and we need as many people with us as possible. Join us in 2014.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders of the world.
But it is under threat from the most widespread, rapid and damaging set of industrial developments in Queensland’s history.
The Queensland Government is fast-tracking mega port developments, dredging and dumping of millions of tonnes of seabed and rock, and encouraging a shipping superhighway.
The Australian Government is approving these developments, including one of the world’s biggest coal ports at Abbot Point, 50 km from the Whitsunday Islands.
It’s your Reef, but you’re going to have to fight for it.
Fight for the Reef is a partnership between WWF-Australia and the Australian Marine Conservation Society.
Fight for the Reef is working with the Australian and international community to protect the Reef and the $6 billion tourism industry and 60,000 jobs it supports.
The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the industrialisation occurring on the Great Barrier Reef’s coastline.
Specifically, the campaign seeks to:
- Immediately implement a moratorium on approving new development until a sustainable development plan for the Great Barrier Reef is completed.
- Permanently prohibit new port developments outside existing, long-established major ports.
- Ensure no dredge material is dumped within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
- Improve existing industrial developments along the Reef’s coastline to ensure they operate at the world’s best practice standards.
- Limit ship numbers and anchorages and improve management to a level that ensures no impacts on the Reef.
- Invest considerable new funding in protecting and restoring key Reef ecosystems.
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