Government scientists 'warned against dumping' in Great Barrier Reef park, 20 Aug 2014 16:42

The government’s marine scientists warned against dumping millions of tonnes of sediment inside the Great Barrier Reef’s marine park, only to be overruled, according to a former government official, reports The Guardian. Jon Day, who was until recently a senior director at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, said the decision to dredge and dump 5m tonnes of seabed to expand the Abbot Point port in Queensland would prove harmful to the reef. Day told ABC’s Four Corners on Monday that dredged spoil was having “adverse impacts” upon the reef.


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