The Reef Water Quality Protection Plan (Reef Plan) First Report Card sets a baseline against which progress towards achieving Reef Plan (PDF, 2.39 MB) targets will be measured. The report card presents results up to 2009 and therefore does not include the more recent flood events which will be presented in subsequent reports.
The First Report Card was produced as part of the Paddock to Reef program.
Released in August 2011, the results show the Great Barrier Reef is in moderate condition overall. There are some positive findings that demonstrate progress since the release of Reef Plan in 2003. However, the report also identifies some areas of concern that justify the ongoing commitment to improve water quality and build resilience of the reef.
Key results include:
The First Report Card does not report on progress towards Reef Plan water quality or management practice targets. This will occur in subsequent report cards. As a complement to the First Report Card, the Interim Activity Report and Performance Outlook (PDF, 899 KB) provides a snapshot of progress to date in implementing Reef Plan actions and the results expected in future report cards.
For more information, view the joint media release from Tony Burke, Federal Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities and Vicky Darling, Queensland Minister for Environment.
A range of reports contributed to the Technical Report:
First Report Card – Great Barrier Reef-wide summary (PDF, 3.19 MB)
© The State of Queensland (Department of the Environment and Heritage Protection) 2015