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Save Our Marine Life

June 2016 poll shows support for Coral Sea Marine Park in Cairns

New Galaxy research has found 7 out of 10 voters in the Far North Queensland electorate of Leichhardt are concerned the federal government’s review of a Coral Sea marine park is harming local fishing and tourism businesses.

76 per cent of local recreational anglers support reinstating protection zones in the Coral Sea.

71 per cent of Liberal National Party supporters believe the federal marine park review is creating uncertainty for local tourism and fishing charter businesses.

93 per cent of voters in Leichhardt agree that the health of the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea are interlinked and protecting them both is important for both their future and the tourism jobs that depend on them.

72 per cent of people in Leichhardt strongly agree that maintaining a reputation for unspoilt nature experiences in marine parks is important for Queensland’s tourism industry.

75 per cent believe protecting reefs and other important areas in the Coral Sea as a green zone that provides sanctuary for marine life will boost business opportunities by enhancing the region’s reputation among tourists.

87 per cent of recreational anglers say the green zones on the Great Barrier Reef have had no negative impact on their ability to go fishing. 11 per cent say the green zones have improved their enjoyment of fishing.

This Galaxy research of 400 voters in Leichhardt was conducted between May 31st and June 1st 2016. Read more here

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