The creation of the world’s largest marine reserve in the Coral Sea is the result of the combined effort of so many people.
Now, we are in the last public consultation period of the process and this is our last opportunity to have a say and ensure the best possible outcome for the Coral Sea.
With nearly 1 million square kilometres of deep blue water, coral reefs, and spectacular marine life, the Coral Sea Marine Reserve is truly an incredible win for our ocean. But right now, the reserve exists only on paper, not yet on water.
The draft management plan, while improving protection in the north-west of Osprey Reef, reduces the level of protection in the south-west of the reef.
This change has removed protection for a very important area of high ecological significance extending from the pelagic cleaning station at ‘Around the Bend’ (south-west of The Entrance to the Osprey lagoon) to False Entrance.
This area was protected under the government’s previous publicly released map.
In this final public consultation period we urge the Environment Minister Tony Burke to add the following finishing touches to the marine park:
- Restore and widen the marine national park zone from the “cleaning station” at ‘Around the Bend’ (south-west of The Entrance to Osprey Lagoon) to False Entrance, in order to protect sharks and rays and other ocean giants.
- Ensure new and adequate funding for implementation of the Coral Sea management plan.
- Provide financial assistance to the long-line fishers who are willing to stop fishing down to 22 degrees south.
- Delegate management of the Coral Sea Marine Reserve to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to enable it to implement its world-class compliance management.
Send in a submission now to ensure that the Coral Sea Marine Reserve will be effectively managed.