Coral Sea Resources
In November 2012, Australia declared the world’s largest network of marine parks including the ‘jewel in the crown’ – the Coral Sea. The Coral Sea Marine Park is almost 1 million square kilometers with half of it fully protected as a sanctuary for marine life.
The government process to establish the national network of marine parks has crossed political divides and received bi-partisan support. It was initiated by John Howard’s Coalition Government in 1998, and finally delivered by Julia Gillard’s Labor Government in 2012.
Yet, in December 2013, the new Tony Abbott Coalition Government took the extraordinary step of suspending all new federal marine parks and erasing the plans to manage them leaving all of our sanctuaries at risk. Tony Abbott has ordered a ‘review’, saying that not enough science research or consultation has taken place. Read More »
Download: Information for recreational fishers about Coral Sea (PDF)
Scientific description of the Coral Sea on the e-Atlas website of the Australian Institute of Marine Science by Dr Dani Ceccarelli.
Download: Australian Government’s map of the Coral Sea Marine Reserve (PDF)
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