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Our Goal
9 Dec 2009
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We want to do this because?

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. With 90% of large ocean fish gone from the world’s oceans over the last 50 years due to overfishing, this makes the Coral Sea worth protecting.

The Coral Sea has spectacular coral reefs, remote islands, towering underwater mountains and deep-sea canyons. Its abundant wildlife includes whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and rays; seabirds; large ocean fish such as tuna, marlin, barracuda and swordfish and a diverse range of corals and reef fish.

Where is it exactly?

The proposed Heritage Park lies between the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Australia’s maritime boundary with Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia. Due to its remoteness from land, the Coral Sea has remained relatively unspoiled.

Marine protection requires big bold decisions

A single fully protected zone is the best approach for protecting pelagic (ocean-going) and migratory species because they cannot be protected inside small reserves.

The Australian Federal Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, has recently recognised the value of the Coral Sea by declaring a Conservation Zone over the entire area. This allows for a full assessment of the conservation values of the area, but the zoning does not change existing uses, and it’s a temporary measure.

We need the Australian government to go further and create the world’s largest permanent marine park.

Sign our online petition.

You can make a difference.

www.protectourcoralsea.org.au

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