Herbicide Pollution of Great Barrier Reef

Date: 2/6/2009

A four-year study of wet season runoff onto the Great Barrier Reef shows dangerous levels of herbicides, including diuron, atrazine and ametryn in the reef catchment and lagoon areas. The study, by The Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research at James Cook University, included the Tully-Murray, Burdekin-Townsville and Mackay-Whitsunday regions over the wet seasons from 2005-2008. The centre’s principal research officer, Jon Brodie, said such high levels of herbicides were not expected.

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