Identification, impacts and prioritization of emerging contaminants present in the GBR and Torres Strait marine environments

F.J. Kroon, K.L.E. Berry, D.L. Brinkman, A. Davis, O. King, R. Kookana, S. Lewis, F. Leusch, O. Makarynskyy, S. Melvin, J. Müller, P. Neale, A. Negri, D. O’Brien, M. Puotinen, R. Smith, J. Tsang, J. van de Merwe, Michael Warne, M. Williams

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Abstract

Current policy and management for marine water quality in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) focusses on sediment, nutrients and PSII herbicides. While other so-called emerging contaminants are known to be present in the marine environment, little is known about their sources, role and fate in the GBR and Torres Strait (TS) regions. Changes in agricultural practices and land uses, increasing coastal development including urban and industrial land uses and ports, and associated projected increases in shipping traffic are likely to result in new contaminants being released into marine ecosystems in the near future. This project evaluates the risks of these emerging contaminants to GBR and TS marine ecosystems, and compares these risks to those identified for the current pollutants of concern.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCairns, Australia
PublisherReef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited
ISBN (Print)9781925088892
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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NameReport to the National Environmental Science Programme
PublisherReef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited

Bibliographical note

Identification, impacts, and prioritisation of emerging contaminants present in the GBR and Torres Strait marine environments is licensed by the Australian Institute of Marine Science for use under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Australia licence. For licence conditions see: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Keywords

  • marine water quality
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Torres Strait

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    Kroon, F. J., Berry, K. L. E., Brinkman, D. L., Davis, A., King, O., Kookana, R., ... Williams, M. (2015). Identification, impacts and prioritization of emerging contaminants present in the GBR and Torres Strait marine environments. (Report to the National Environmental Science Programme). Cairns, Australia: Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited.