STARTLING statistics have revealed a severe drop in the reef’s seagrass, coral and water quality in the Fitzroy region and the Mackay and Whitsunday region.
Figures show the Fitzroy region has recorded a decline of more than 50% in seagrass and coral quality on the Great Barrier Reef.
The Mackay and Whitsunday region has had a 45% drop in water quality.
On Thursday the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the first ecosystem accounts that examined data taken over the past decade of the reef’s condition and scored it accordingly. Click here to read more.