Australia Buys Cattle Station For Conserving Great Barrier Reef

Posted: Jun 22 2016, 6:43am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Australia Buys Cattle Station for Conserving Great Barrier Reef
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  • Purchase of Cattle Station has been dubbed the Ideal Solution for Conserving the Great Barrier Reef

The purchase of an Aussie cattle station has been dubbed the ideal solution by a green group for conserving the Great Barrier Reef.

Environmentalists have supported the Queensland government in its bid to purchase a $7 million cattle station. That is because it will go a long way in the protection of the Great Barrier Reef from the large amounts of pollutants that were flowing in the form of effluence into the waterways. The 560 sq km Cape York cattle station had caused erosion and lengthy gullies that led to sediment being deposited around the Great Barrier Reef.

The environmental minister of Queensland spoke of how the degradation of grazing grounds on this piece of land led to the deposition of 40% of the sediment into the Normanby River.

This found its way into the waters around the reef thus shutting out all sunlight, reducing oxygen access for marine life forms and reducing the burgeoning of coral and seagrass. The Normanby River flows into the sea near Lizard Island where the coral bleaching and mortality levels of marine life forms were abysmal in their extent.

This year, the Great Barrier Reef took a nosedive for the worst. It underwent the worst of the worst forms of bleaching ever seen in its entire history. 93% of the reef was under this degenerating effect due to pollution, according to AFP.

Also 22% of the coral was dying a slow yet sure death. The dirtying of the waterways leads to the coral reef being unable to cope with its surroundings. The high temperatures furthermore led to even more bleaching.

Thus the scenario becomes one of a SNAFU in the real sense of the word. At least a billion dollars need to be spent annually in order to reverse the man-made damage done to the reef for a decade or so.

Control is the watchword. The conservation efforts need to pick up speed and ought to be doubled in their intensity. By purchasing the land for $7 million, the government of Queensland has truly taken a major step in the right direction. Now that land will not be used for polluting purposes.

It will be put to better use instead. Gully erosion will be significantly reduced in its deleterious effects. Environmentalists are lionizing the government for its sensible decision of purchasing the land. The largest source of pollution will now be turned into a conservatory which is a far better choice than the previous purpose it was being put to.

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