Save Our Marine Life
Save Our Marine Life
Save the Antarctic and its Adelie Penguins

Sign the petition for an East Antarctic Marine Park.

Australia is responsible for looking after the East Antarctic and its marine life – one of the most untouched and important places on Earth.

But industrial fishing by distant nations is expanding into this Antarctic wilderness and climate change impacts pose a huge threat to its iconic marine life, including Antarctica’s smallest penguin – the Adelie Penguin.

Yet still there is no protection on the water. Sign the petition calling on the Morrison Government to redouble its efforts to create a crucial marine park in the extraordinary East Antarctic.

READ THE PETITION HERE

Dear Minister Price and Minister Payne (CC Shadow Environment Minister Tony Burke, Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong, Senator Hinch, Senator Storer, Senator Patrick, Senator Whish-Wilson, and Rebekha Sharkie MP),

The Australian Government has a great honour and a huge responsibility in its role to look after the East Antarctic – one of the most untouched and important places on Earth.

I fully support the Australian Government’s proposal to create a crucial marine park for the East Antarctic and its marine life, and I urge the Morrison Government to redouble its efforts to get this marine park in place.

Industrial fishing by distant nations is expanding into this Antarctic wilderness and climate change impacts pose a huge threat to its iconic marine life: from whales and penguins through to the tiny shrimp-like krill upon which everything else depends. Yet still there is no protection on the water.

The East Antarctic is a haven for Antarctica’s smallest penguin – the Adelie Penguin – with almost double the number of Adelies discovered there than previously thought.

But a number of the Adelie penguin colonies in the East Antarctic are suffering terrible death rates amongst their baby chicks – with all but two chicks dying in one colony! Adelies are deeply affected by changes to their habitat. A marine park would protect the Adelies’ most important food source.

Australia is one of 25 countries who jointly manage the Antarctic and its fragile marine environment. We played an important role in creating the world’s largest marine park in the Antarctic’s incredible Ross Sea last year. This was a brilliant achievement, and part of a long proud history Australia has in defending Antarctic marine life.

But Australia’s plans to create a crucial marine park in the extraordinary East Antarctic are yet to receive approval from all the other nations.

I urge you to work harder than ever to build the support needed to protect the East Antarctic and its Adelies before these countries meet again at the CCAMLR meeting in Hobart later this year.

Yours sincerely,