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It seems a bit astonishing that Australia has only now banned companies from dumping waste in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, but it’s better late than never. Environmentalists around the world celebrate!

The entire 133,200 square mile park will now be protected under the plan to stop the disposal of dredging waste. This news came on Monday from Australia’s Environment Minister, Greg Hunt. He also said,

“Improving the Great Barrier Reef’s health and resilience requires governments and the community to work together. The move will ensure the reef remains one of the most biologically diverse place on Earth.”

Environmental groups have been on the governments case about this since last year, when North Queensland Bulk Ports Corp. was given permission to dispose of spoil from a coal port expansion at sea.

While the corporation argued the ban would hamper the country’s economy, it looks like the government is taking the side of the 1,600 species of fish living in the Great Barrier Reef.

Want to experience the Great Barrier Reef for yourself? Catch flights to Brisbane and don’t forget to pack that underwater camera!

Img: rbochet / Flickr cc.

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