Sign the petition to Save Our Sanctuaries
Abbott-era plans have been released proposing massive cutbacks to marine sanctuaries in crucial hotspots around Australia.
As well as butchering our Coral Sea Sanctuary, these plans pander to the oil industry in the Kimberley and Great Australian Bight. They pave the way for destructive trawling in the North, gillnetting in the South, and cut back crucial sanctuary protection at Lord Howe and Bremer Bay – including a Southern Right Whale nursery!
Sign the petition today calling on the Turnbull Government to reject the cutbacks and fully restore our National Network of Sanctuaries.
Dear my MP (CC Minister Frydenberg and my local senators),
I am deeply concerned that Australia's world-leading national network of marine parks and sanctuaries remains suspended from operation - leaving our marine life unprotected and at risk. Meanwhile the adjacent coastal communities and businesses who would benefit from our new marine parks face continued uncertainty.
This Abbott-era suspension was imposed on Australia’s new marine parks and sanctuaries despite extensive community consultation – with overwhelming support from the Australian public, including the vast majority of recreational fishers.
The recently released Review recommends significant cuts to sanctuary protection (Marine National Park Zones) in icons such as the Coral Sea, Lord Howe, Perth Canyon, Bremer and the Great Australian Bight - ignoring 15 years of science, and delivery by all sides of politics, commencing with the Howard Government.
In the face of devastating coral bleaching along our Great Barrier Reef, unprecedented mangrove forest dieback in the north and vanishing kelp forests in our south west, our sanctuaries are more important than ever. Science shows that they help our marine environment to recover from damage and build resilience in the face of increasing impacts.
I welcome the inclusion of marine parks in the 2016 Federal Budget to fund their implementation and management. However, the funding is half of what is needed to save our sanctuaries.
I call on you to reject the proposed sanctuary cutbacks from the Abbott-era Review and restore and improve our national network of sanctuaries without further delay.