In recent blogs we have been looking at issues caused by a lack of environmental waste disposal – i.e. such as the waste problem in Lebanon and the ongoing growth of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.


In today’s blog – we want to look closer to home and focus on the Great Barrier Reef. This amazing natural area is under threat from many corners – and we should of course focus on problems at home before we look overseas.


We have discussed how a lack of proper and environmental waste disposal processes overseas is impacting the entire world’s water systems – and we will see that the impact on the Barrier Reef reflects this also.


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Why environmental waste disposal services are vital for the Barrier Reef


The Barrier Reef is known to be under threat from numerous sources – including global warming and shipping as well as irresponsible tourism.


We have covered the fact that birds and marine life like to eat plastic in previous blogs – but even I was surprised that coral might actually consume micro plastics also!


A study by Duke University, USA as reported in the UK Express newspaper explains:


“Coral reefs regularly eat micro-plastics that have built up in the oceans as the material is delicious to them, researchers at Duke University have found.”


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“Instead corals think plastic is delicious and regularly choose to eat it over foods containing the key nutrients it needs to survive, the study revealed.”


“Any one of these chemicals or a combination of them could be acting as a stimulant that makes plastic appealing to corals.”


The problems arises as Coral can consume the plastic but it becomes stuck inside:


Co-researcher Austin Allen said: “About eight percent of the plastic that coral polyps in our study ingested was still stuck in their guts after 24 hours.”


See our blog on waste management in the Philippines.


“In previous studies, researchers found corals could not expel plastic fragments from their gut tissues.”


“Consuming plastic means corals are not getting the nutrients they really need from their food, and could undergo a “very slow process of starvation” as a result of eating the wrong things.”


This is again a problem due to the ubiquity of plastic in the modern age – a problem which no where is immune from.




It is all very well looking at other countries and pointing out what they are doing wrong.


The truth is that Australia uses huge amounts of unnecessary packaging and plastics and much of this ends up one way or another in the ocean and seas.


Phasing out of unnecessary plastic or at least a huge reduction in its use is a vital step to a sustainable ecosystem.


Check out a video as below on some of the potential impacts of plastic pollution on the Great Barrier Reef.