Source: Daily Mercury 
October 25, 2012
"THE health of coastal ecosystems will need to be improved to boost the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef, according to a new three-year study.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) has released the Informing the Outlook for Great Barrier Reef coastal ecosystems report which details coastal land use changes and their impact on water quality, habitats and inshore biodiversity in the Marine Park.
GBRMPA Chairman Dr Russell Reichelt said the report provided land managers, governments and researchers with a better understanding of the extent to which sensitive and complex coastal ecosystems have changed over many decades, the impact on coral cover, and priority actions needed to halt the decline."
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