University of Queensland


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The transport of pesticides from land-based applications to the coastal waters of Queensland is considered a potential risk to the health and heritage values of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem. At sites near the Queensland coast pesticides and herbicides from agricultural sources have been detected throughout the year. The aim of this component of the MMP is to assess trends in the concentrations of specific herbicides and pesticides, primarily through routine monitoring at sites within 20km of the coast.