Declining coastal water quality, influenced by land-based run-off, is recognised as a significant threat to the long-term health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef. Coral reefs, and the ecosystems they sustain, depend on the quality of the water within and around them. In particular, nutrient run-off has been linked to outbreaks of– a significant contributor to the loss of coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef.
Across the six-year Reef Trust Partnership, $201 million has been dedicated to improving water quality.
As a first step in accordance with the 2018-19 Activity Gantt Chart plan, the GBRF is establishing a Grant Program (stage one) of up to $20 million for proven projects in this area.