We need to build a real force for marine sanctuaries right around the country. The more people we have, the more marine life we’ll protect. Its as simple as that.
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The tide has turned in favour of marine sanctuaries because the community overwhelmingly want a better future for our marine life. The creation of sanctuaries will be heavily influenced by how visible that support is, so please don’t keep your opinions to yourself. Let everyone know! One of the best ways you can make your voice heard is to write a letter to the Editor of your newspaper. Read More »
Science supporting the many benefits of marine sanctuaries has been established for many years. Overwhelmingly sanctuaries are now accepted around the world as an essential and proven part of good management of our marine environment. Read More »
The process to create Australia’s national network of marine parks started under the Howard Government in 1998. It has been an epic consultation process with 6 rounds of public consultation, more than 250 meetings and around 750,000 submissions made during the public consultation process which started in 2011 and ended in 2013. Read More »
Download: Report – The spectacular biological features of the coral sea (PDF)
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 »
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