Photo © Lucy Trippett
At the end of February, submissions to the government’s Coral Sea draft plan closed. Wildlife Queensland would like to thank the thousands of individuals who sent off a submission. A huge step towards protecting this blue heart of Australia has been taken. However, much more has to be achieved to save the inhabitants of this global marine wonderland including endangered turtles, whales, sharks, dolphins, ocean giants like the marlin and manta rays as well as ancient nautilus and colourful clownfish. And it is even more than just that.
Environment Minister Tony Burke said, 'There is no other part of Australia’s territory where so much comes together – pristine oceans, magnificent coral, a military history which has helped define us and now a clear proposal for permanent protection.' But will actions follow his words by amending the draft to reflect his proposal?
Now we are into the sharp end of the campaign - when the federal Environment Minister makes a decision and takes it to Cabinet. Now more than ever, you can help! Please remind your federal Member of Parliament to properly protect this natural wonder by sending a letter now. These animals can’t vote so they depend on us to speak on their behalf. Come on Australia – and the world: let’s inspire our politicians to do the right thing by protecting our Coral Sea.
The Coral Sea extends east from the Great Barrier Reef and is bounded to the north by Papua New Guinea, and to the east by the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia. The Coral Sea is one of the last remaining places on Earth where populations of large ocean fish - sharks, tuna and billfish - have not been drastically reduced.
Our goal is to establish a very large, world-class, highly protected marine reserve that provides a safe haven for marine life and recognises the historic significance of this area. A highly protected marine reserve on the doorstep to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, would deliver an unparalleled contribution to marine science and conservation.
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