Image courtesy of Dept of Sustainability, Environment, Water,Population and Communities
16 November 2012
World's largest network of marine reserves now law
A breathtaking decision by the Australia government has set aside the world's largest network of marine parks and reserves (44) within their marine jurisdiction in an area twice the size of the island continent. Protecting more than 2.3 million square kilometres of ocean environment this law was seen as a brave and insightful strategy benefiting future generations,
In his announcement Australia's Environment Minister, Tony Burke said, "The declaration of these new marine reserves delivers on an election commitment and represents a major achievement for the long term conservation and sustainable use of
Mr Burke also advised, "Even though the new marine reserves have been designed in a way to minimise impacts on industry and recreational users, the Government recognises that there will be impacts on some fishers and we will support those impacted.".
He also separately outlined how the Australian Government will be allocating around $100 million in fisheries adjustment assistance to support the creation of the network of marine reserves."
Fiona Maxwell, the Australian Marine Conservation Society's (AMCS) Marine Campaigner promptly sent the news to marine conservation networks that, "Today we have witnessed one of the most significant days in Australia's environmental history.".
For more information, go to www.environment.gov.au/marinereserves