The Turnbull Government has released its draft plans for our suspended National Network of Marine Sanctuaries.
- plans to allow fishing across 80 percent of its protected maritime sanctuaries, the government said on Friday in a proposal that would vastly extend commercial activity in the world’s largest marine-reserves network.
If the plan, backed by the government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, is approved by Parliament, it will be the first time a nation has scaled back its regulations in protected maritime areas. The move could set a precedent for other countries, including the United States, that are considering similar reversals.
This would be opening the door to destructive commercial fishing and to oil and gas giants. At Lord Howe, Geographe Bay, Perth Canyon, the Great Australian Bight, the Gulf of Carpentaria, the Kimberley, and our Coral Sea – the cradle to the Great Barrier Reef.
More than one-third of Australia’s waters — home to endangered species of sharks, turtles and whales — are protected by law.
If these plans go ahead, we will be the first country in the world ever to go backwards on marine protection
The timing could not be worse. In the face of the devastating coral bleaching, unprecedented mangrove dieback and disappearing kelp forests we’ve seen over the last year, our sanctuaries are more important than ever before. ⚠⚠⚠Together we can stop this. ⛔⛔⛔ Keep our marine reserves protected! Tag & let the government know @turnbullmalcolm on instagram
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