Great Barrier Reef's health reportedly improving

AUSTRALIA'S greatest environmental wonder will reportedly receive positive results in an upcoming health report.

The Australian Institute of Marine Science 2013/14 report is expected to show improvements in water quality and seagrass growth.

The news comes a fortnight before the UNESCO World Heritage Committee hands down its draft decision on whether to list the reef as "in danger".

Media reports state there has been no date set for AIMS's report to be handed down.

Australian Marine Conservation Society Great Barrier Reef campaign director Felicity Wishart welcomed any news "the reef was on the mend", saying the reef had lost more than 50% of its coral cover in recent years and significant amounts of seagrasses.

"The reef faces the threat of massive coastal industrialisation, climate change and declining water quality from agricultural runoff that cause crown of thorns starfish outbreaks," she said.

"These threats cause damage to our tourism economy and our reef."

The state and federal governments have been working furiously to avoid the reef being listed as "in danger", with the Queensland government last week announcing a new Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce to focus on water quality issues and targets.


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