Society International (HSI) today welcomed the announcement of a network of marine
reserves around Australia’s coast. In a
major step forward, Australia will soon have the world’s largest network of
marine parks, including the world’s largest marine park in the Coral Sea.
establishment of a network of marine parks will provide long-awaited protection
for threatened marine species,” said Alexia Wellbelove of Humane Society
International. “This is a good step forward in the protection of these threatened
marine species, however much more needs to be done to protect the critical
habitats vital for these species. HSI will continue to pursue this essential protection
through all available options under state, national and international law.”
Critical habitats are the feeding, breeding and
migratory areas vital to all species. The establishment of marine parks in
critical habitats help provide a safe haven for threatened species, assisting
in their recovery.
Species such as the Australian Sea Lion
require much more direct action to protect them from one of the major threats
facing their populations – gillnet fishing. Despite this, gillnet fishing will be allowed
under the proposed marine reserve network near sea lion colonies.
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