Sanctuaries for future generations
Pollution, over fishing, entanglement in nets and destruction of important habitat are just some of the many threats to Australia’s remarkable marine life. Globally, we are witnessing an unprecedented collapse of ocean resources – two-thirds of the world’s coral reefs are dead or dying and 90% of the world’s large fish are gone. Marine sanctuaries are proven to work alongside sensible fisheries management to provide safe havens for fish and marine life to recover and rebuild. Sanctuaries have been shown to prevent local extinctions and help make coral reefs more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
Australia lays claim to the third largest area of ocean on Earth and we have an international responsibility to conserve our oceans. The Federal Government is a signatory to the United Nation’s Convention on the Law of the Sea which requires us to manage the oceans surrounding our continent for both economic benefit and conservation
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