Coral Sea

You helped us make history in Australia when we backed the creation of the world’s largest network of marine parks in November 2012. This marked a giant stride forward in ocean protection made possible by the overwhelming support shown by ocean lovers from around the world. Thank you!

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Jun. 14/12

The Australian government announced Thursday that it is creating the world’s largest network of marine reserves, a patchwork of protected areas covering more than 1.1 million square miles of ocean.

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Feb. 14/12

It doesn't seem possible but a draft plan for a new Coral Sea Marine Reserve leaves most of the area open to shark fishing and fails to protect the coral reefs.

Yes, that’s right. Within the Coral Sea Marine Reserve shark fishing will continue in almost half the area and 90% of reefs will remain exposed to harmful activities.

Does this sound like a Marine Reserve to you?

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Jan. 23/12

Asked to imagine paradise many divers think of clear, tropical waters teeming with marine life. Throw in some big sharks to get the adrenaline going and we are in diver heaven.

Well there is no need to dream: divers can find their dive paradise in Australia’s Coral Sea, one of the last remaining places where large marine life is still found in abundance.

So it is extraordinary that a proposed new marine park fails to protect over half of the Coral Sea and leaves 90 percent of its coral reefs open to some form of fishing.  

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Nov. 03/11

LABOR is considering proposals to establish the world's largest marine protected area with 972,000 square kilometres of the Coral Sea to be given differing levels of environmental cover.

The Age believes the draft proposal for the tropical waters between the Great Barrier Reef and the edge of Australian territory will place about half the total region in ''no take'' reserves, stopping fishing.

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Sep. 04/11

Last week I attended a meeting of partners to the Protect Our Coral Sea group campaigning for a large, no-take marine park in the Coral Sea. If successful this campaign will create the world's largest marine park over an area so remote from human impacts it is one of the few remaining marine environments that is still virtually pristine.

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