Protect Our Coral Sea
Protect Our Coral Sea

Coral Sea Resources

The Sea & Me

The Sea & Me, a new film documenting the extraordinary seas surrounding Australia and the inspiring people who look after it, has been touring the nation’s coastal communities.

This breathtaking exploration of our big blue backyard was put together by two award-winning young filmmakers from Bluebottle Films. Danielle Ryan and James Sherwood toured around Australia’s coast interviewing communities, business owners, fishers, divers and researchers and documenting flagship species like the charismatic manta rays of Ningaloo Reef, the prized coral trout of the Great Barrier Reef and Tasmania’s valuable rock lobsters.

Middle Australia supports sanctuaries

Throughout the nation, Australians are enthusiastic in their support for marine sanctuaries, particularly once they have experienced them first hand. They make their support known through surveys, in the hundreds of thousands of submissions sent during consultation processes, in their communications to the nation’s leaders, local MPs and in their enthusiastic attendance at local marine conservation events. Read More »

Research shows Australian fishers support sanctuaries

Download: The scuba dive industry in Australia: towards estimates of economic size and impact (PDF)

This map shows the collected findings of published Australian academic/government surveys and political/market research polling which tested the real opinions of Australian recreational fishers towards marine sanctuaries in their local waters.

The scuba dive industry in Australia: towards estimates of economic size and impact

Download: The scuba dive industry in Australia: towards estimates of economic size and impact (PDF)

Report by the Centre Conservation Geography estimates that dive-related spending in Australia is potentially worth as much as $2.2 billion a year.

Reviewing the benefits of marine sanctuaries

Download: Reviewing the benefits of marine sanctuaries (PDF)

Independent review commissioned by the Australian Marine Conservation Society of more than 100 recent Australian and international research papers identifying the many benefits that can flow from the creation of marine sanctuaries. Along with describing these benefits, the review also reports on public opinion surveys that demonstrate widespread community support for marine sanctuaries.

Coral Sea Marine Reserve

Australian Government Department of the Environment’s information pages about the Coral Sea Marine Reserve

Marine sanctuaries at risk