Great Barrier Reef found to be in failing health as world heritage review looms

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Reef water quality report card gives condition of marine environment a ‘D’ grade relative to earlier reports

A government report card has found the marine environment along the Great Barrier Reef’s coastline remains in poor health, prompting conservationists to call for urgent action ahead of a world heritage committee meeting this year.

The reef water quality report card, released on Wednesday, said the health of corals and seagrass meadows in inshore areas had not improved, but water quality was slightly better than previous years.

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