Scientists Call for No-Take Coral Sea Park

Scientists worldwide are urging the Australian Federal Government to create the world’s largest no-take marine reserve in the Coral Sea.

More than 300 eminent scientists from 21 other countries around the world today urged the Australian Federal Government to create the world’s largest no-take marine reserve in the Coral Sea.

“Marine reserves are an important tool for managing and restoring ecosystems. They protect brood stocks for sustainable fisheries and rebuild distorted foodwebs. We know how well they work because of the differences that we observe again and again between different marine zones under existing management schemes. Already, the recent rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef has resulted in a doubling of coral trout and other commercially important species” says the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Professor Terry Hughes.

TAKE ACTION NOW:

Tell the Australian Government that as a diver, you support great protection for sharks and other sea creatures through a new marine park in the Coral Sea with high levels of protection. Make a rapid submission on the Coral Sea bioregional marine plan to the Australia Federal Environment Minister Mr Tony Burke before the end of 24th February 2012.

Read more Via pda.sciencealert.com.au

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