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Industries in the Great Barrier Reef Catchment and Measures to Address Declining Water Quality

Commissioned study

This commissioned study has concluded. The research report was released on 26 February 2003.

The Commonwealth Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a research study into the economic and social importance of different industries in the Great Barrier Reef catchment, and the costs and benefits of actions to address declining water quality.

The study was to:

  • outline the economic and social importance of the main industries in the catchment at a local, regional, state and national level
  • estimate the economic importance of the main industries in 2010 and 2020
  • discuss the current management approaches of the main industries to activities affecting water quality
  • assess the costs and benefits of policies to address declining water quality.

Industries examined included aquaculture, beef, commercial fishing, horticulture, recreational fishing, sugar, tourism, mining and mineral processing.

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Draft report

The draft report for this project is not available online.

Contact the Commission's Web Team to request an electronic copy.

Please note: The draft report is for research purposes only. For final outcomes of this study refer to the research report.