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Current pressures in the region

Current pressures in the Mackay Whitsunday region range from those occurring on an international level, to Reef-wide pressures, and to localised regional pressures. These include:

  • Climate change;
  • Population growth and associated urban, coastal, and industrial development;
  • Cyclones and natural disasters (including drought and major flood events);
  • Coastal development;
  • Ports development and shipping;
  • Agricultural development;
  • Fishing and hunting (recreational, commercial, and traditional);
  • Tourism and recreational use;
  • Litter;
  • Water quality:
    • Diffuse sources (agriculture and urban)
    • Point source (urban and industrial); and
  • Pests and weeds associated with waterway, wetland and marine health:
    • Aquatic flora/fauna
    • Terrestrial flora/fauna
    • Feral pigs.

Mackay Whitsunday Conceptual Model

The conceptual model on this page shows the pressures, impacts, and the responses, in the Mackay-Whitsunday region.

The Program Design provides more information on the impacts of these pressures on, and associated responses for, the region.