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Key Results

  • Between July 2019 and June 2020, both the Ross and Black freshwater basins experienced lower than average rainfall, recording 72-73% of the annual mean rainfall for both basins.
  • The 2020 Report Card assesses freshwater fish for the first time.
  • Inshore water quality was in good condition and appears to be recovering from the 2019 monsoon event.
  • Seagrass meadows declined in biomass following the 2019 monsoon event, but the area remained above the long-term average.
  • Coral reefs were impacted by the third mass bleaching event in five years, with coral cover in a poor condition.
  • Litter was cleaned up at five sites across the reporting region with scores ranging from poor to very good.
    • Litter posed a slight pressure on Rowes Bay and Shelly Cove Beach at the time the clean-up events occurred. This score was based on comparing the amount of rubbish collected against the average amount of rubbish within the area between 2014-2018.
    • At Ollera Beach, litter posed a very high pressure upon the environment compared to 2014-2018 levels.
    • At both Nelly Bay Beach on Magnetic Island and Big Rock Bay on Orpheus Island, litter posed a moderate pressure to the environment compared to 2014-2018 levels.
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