The ABS have today produced the first edition of a new data set, the Experimental Environmental-Economic Accounts for the Great Barrier Reef (full details here). There’s a lot of information here, sourced from a wide variety of sources, but some highlights include:
Marine Condition indicators which show Coral condition at 44 (41-60 is classified as “moderate”), Seagrass at 33 (21-40 is “poor”) and Water Quality at 43 (also “moderate”). Across the various NRM regions Coral condition scores were best in Mackay-Whitsunday (58) and worst in Fitzroy (22). Seagrass conditions were best in Buedekin (53) and worst in Fitzroy. Water Quality conditions were best in Mackay-Whitsunday (58) and worst in the Wet Tropics (33).
The dollar value of benefits produced using ecosystem services (which includes both marine and terrestrial regions) increased from just over $8 billion in 2006-07 to just over $15.1 billion by 2014-15 (with tourism accounting for more than $9 billion of that).