Corals here were extensively mined for lime as fertiliser for the cane industry back in the pre WW2 era. Subsequent to the war artificial fertiliser, Nitro-Phos became abundant and cheap, but as more land was given over to cane water quality became an issue that is still neglected.
... hardy pilgrims visit the scant remains of a reef that had thrived for possibly 6,000 years. No more; I saw mangroves taking root; in years to come it will be a mudflat with a line of trees; no one will ever believe that there was ever a reef there at all.
I could see Dunk Island and the Percy Islands out in the shining blue of the Coral Sea. To the south there was Clump Point and in the north past the rocky headland was Garners Beach; it was panoramic.
I continue to shoot this project as I feel it's an important project. During my own lifetime most of the GBR has declined significantly.