Dredging findings released in review on Gladstone Port

AN initial report from the long-awaited review on the Gladstone Port has found that dredging is being managed to adequate environmental standards.

The Federal Government commissioned the report at the request of the UN World Heritage Committee, which raised concerns about the fish deaths of 2011 and development near the reef.

The 124-page report doesn't name dredging as a cause for fish deaths in 2011, but stated it was likely due to floods and overcrowding of fish in the area.

The report found the environmental management and governance of the port was "generally comprehensive", but gave three key areas for improvement.

It also stated that a single master plan needs to be developed for the whole of the Port of Gladstone.

It accepts the port is a critical link in the national freight network and existed well before the Great Barrier Reef became part of the World Heritage List.

The review panel was supposed to hand down its report by July 30, but requested an extension from then-Environment Minister Tony Burke.