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Great Barrier Reef at risk

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  1. Great Barrier Reef at risk

  2. Peter Gash (L), owner and manager of the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, snorkels with Oliver Lanyon and Lewis Marshall, senior rangers in the Great Barrier Reef region for the Queenlsand Parks and Wildlife Service, at Lady Elliot Island, north-east of the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 11. They are carrying out an inspection of the reef's condition in an area called the 'Coral Gardens'. Gash snorkels every morning before he attends to managing duties on the island, and was showing the Great Barrier Reef rangers the current condition of the reef. (David Gray/Reuters)

  3. Tourists snorkel near a turtle as it looks for food amongst the coral in the lagoon at Lady Elliot Island north-east of the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 9. The lagoon, which is occupied by turtles during high tide, is only accessible for snorkelling during this time. (David Gray/Reuters)

  4. Pilot John Peaker prepares to land on Lady Elliot Island located north-east of the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 9. (David Gray/Reuters)

  5. A tourist snorkels in an area called the 'Coral Gardens' located at Lady Elliot Island, north-east of the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 10. (David Gray/Reuters)

  6. Tourists look through a glass window in the bottom of a boat as it floats above an area called the 'Coral Gardens' located at Lady Elliot Island, north-east of the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 10. (David Gray/Reuters)

  7. Tourists stand in front of huts that form part of the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort where a turtle digs for food amongst the coral in the island's lagoon, north-east of the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 9. (David Gray/Reuters)

  8. A tourist snorkels in the lagoon located on Lady Elliot Island, north-east of the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 9. The lagoon, which is occupied by turtles during high tide, is only accessible for snorkelling during this time. (David Gray/Reuters)

  9. Dried coral and shells lie on a beach on Lady Elliot Island, north-east of the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 10. (David Gray/Reuters)

  10. An aerial view of Lady Elliot Island located north-east of the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 11. (David Gray/Reuters)

  11. A pile of processed metal sits near the Barney Point shipping port located in the town of Gladstone in Queensland, Australia, June 12. An endangered site listing could lead to restrictions on shipping and port expansion that could hit Australia's trade in commodities and energy. (David Gray/Reuters)

  12. Tourists walk from a boat after diving in an area called the 'Coral Gardens' located at Lady Elliot Island, north-east of the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 9. (David Gray/Reuters)

  13. Homes can be seen along a creek and inlet in the coastal town of Hervey Bay, north of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia, June 9. (David Gray/Reuters)

  14. Peter Gash, owner and manager of the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, snorkels during an inspection of the reef's condition in an area called the 'Coral Gardens." (David Gray/Reuters)

  15. Port workers load a ship with coal at the RG Tanna Coal Terminal located at the town of Gladstone in Queensland, Australia, June 12. In 2010, a Chinese coal carrier ran aground on the reef, provoking an international outcry. Since then, there has been renewed concern about development, particularly coal mining in the northeastern state of Queensland and shipping. (David Gray/Reuters)

  16. A ship is loaded with coal at the RG Tanna Coal Terminal located at the town of Gladstone in Queensland, Australia, June 12. (David Gray/Reuters)

  17. A boat carrying tourists floats above an area called the 'Coral Gardens' near Lady Elliot Island, north-east of the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 10. (David Gray/Reuters)

  18. Sediment can be seen in the water as ships and boats sail past the coastal town of Hervey Bay, north of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia, June 9. (David Gray/Reuters)

  19. Small bushes grow on a coral beach on Lady Elliot Island located north-east of the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 9. (David Gray/Reuters)

  20. A reef shell lies on a beach as the sun sets on Lady Elliot Island located north-east of the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 10. (David Gray/Reuters)