Aussie reef report card paints bleak picture
October 20 2016 09:55 PM
Fish swim through the coral on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Australia yesterday admitted more needs to be done to protect the Great Barrier Reef from pollution after a government-backed report painted a bleak picture of the natural wonder. The giant ecosystem is under pressure from farming run-off, development, the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish and the impacts of climate change. Canberra’s  annual report into water quality, seagrass and coral gave it a “D” — which represents “poor” — for the fifth year in a row. Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg admitted more work needed to be done, but said progress was being made under the government’s Reef 2050 Plan to improve its health.

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