The world’s largest coral reef system is under significant threat from agricultural pesticides that are causing untold damage to one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
The Great Barrier reef is made up of a staggering 2,900 separate reefs from 900 islands stretching 2,600 kilometres over an area of 344,400 square kilometres located off the Queensland coast in North-east Australia.
Seen from outer space the phenomenal reef is the world’s largest single structure completely made up of living organisms, it is not only magnificent sight to behold but an essential life-support and incredible eco-system to a wide diversity of life.
According to a new Australian government report the damage caused to this extraordinary and beautiful reef system is very significant after test results revealed poor findings in the eco-systems quality of water.
Farmers are being urged to be more aware and cautious when using their pesticides after findings revealed that as much as a quarter of all horticulture producers along with farmers are practising methods known to be totally unacceptable to the industry.
The world heritage-listed natural wonder of the world has in recent years undergone significant damage caused by coral bleaching as a result of climate change.
There is deep concern to the ever-decreasing decline of the Great barrier Reef as new reports reveal that large amounts of concentrated and highly toxic pesticides have been found up to 60m (38miles) inside the reef and making matters much worse are the heavy floods that tore through Queensland earlier in the year that drowned the seas with dangerous pollutants.
The report insists that the sugar cane industry located in the damp tropics of Northern Queensland is mostly to blame for continuing to use unacceptable pesticides.
New calls are now being made to ban certain dangerous weed killers and introduce environmentally friendly methods to help protect the Great barrier Reef from further substantial harm against the protests of the sugar cane giants who insist that there are no viable alternatives open for them to use in order to protect their valuable crops.