The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s greatest natural seven wonders and is home to more than 1,500 species of fish, 134 species of sharks and rays, turtles, dolphins and countless other sea-life. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that it is also one of the most popular snorkelling and diving destinations in the world.
Attracting visitors from all corners of the globe, the Great Barrier Reef will allow you to explore and discover some of the most unique aquatic species. However, climate change and water pollution pose a significant threat to the Great Barrier Reef, as well as overfishing.
This has ultimately led to the destruction of large areas of the Great Barrier Reef’s coral systems, causing concern that the reef could eventually be destroyed.
With this in mind, it’s important that we all recognise the importance of protecting the reef and we can all play our part in stopping pollution in the Great Barrier Reef.
The impact of increased carbon dioxide
Research has indicated that, if we want to keep the reef alive, we must all help to halt carbon dioxide in the air.
A Reef Outlook Report states: “At a concentration of 500ppm, it is predicted that many components of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem would be highly vulnerable, including seabirds, fish, marine reptiles and plankton. At about this concentration of carbon dioxide, hard corals would likely become functionally extinct and coral reefs would be eroding rapidly.”
At the same time, water pollution is also a huge problem and is another great threat to the Great Barrier Reef. The good news is there’s lots of things we can to improve sea water pollution, including:
- Using environmentally-friendly cleaners and fertilisers whenever possible
- Wash your car on the lawn in order to minimise detergent runoff into drains
- Make a conscious effort to use re-useable shopping bags instead of plastic bags
- Keep gutters, sinks and drains free of chemicals and rubbish – these could end up in the Great Barrier Reef
- Always take your rubbish home with you and stop using single-use plastic, such as water bottles
- Walk or cycle where possible instead of jumping in the car
- When enjoying any coral reef please do not take away any souvenirs – these are part of the reef’s natural living system and it’s important that they stay alive in the reef
As the world’s largest living reef system and the largest living structure on Earth, it’s no surprise that there are so many advocates supporting the drive to stop water pollution in a bid to protect the reef.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most popular dive and snorkel destinations in the world. Let’s all play our part to protect it 🙂
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