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Review of Australia’s marine reserves recommends winding back protections

Sep 8, 2016In the media News

In the late 1990s, Liberal Prime Minister John Howard kick-started the process to create a network of expanded Commonwealth marine reserves.

Over a decade later, Federal Labor announced 40 new reserves. It was the world’s largest network of marine national parks, with the jewel in the crown being protection for most of the Coral Sea in Australia’s tropical north.

But in the lead-up to the 2013 election, the Abbott Government promised a review.

That now long-overdue review has finally been released. As expected, the latest lines on the marine maps show a big cut to the Coral Sea ‘green zone’, or highly protected area.

The changes have alienated not just environmental campaigners, but also commercial fishermen and dive tour operators.

Guests

Gary Heilmann
Tuna fisherman; Owner, De Brett Seafood, Mooloolaba

John Rumney
Marine Encounters Scuba Diving, Cairns

Michelle Grady
Director, Oceans and Western Australia, Pew Charitable Trusts

On ABC RN Breakfast:

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/long-overdue-review-of-australia’s-marine-reserves/7824946

Marine sanctuaries at risk