Doctors disappointed by government’s decision to cut back marine sanctuaries

In 2012, Australia made history by creating the world’s largest network of marine sanctuaries. This was the result of decades of scientific research, work by all sides of politics, and overwhelming community support. Science shows that sanctuaries protect marine life, help reefs to recover from coral bleaching, and ensure we have fish for the future.

Healthy coral reefs and oceans support human health and well-being in many ways. These include: the provision of food; the protection of communities by dissipation of wave energy by storms; the provision of thousands of long term jobs from fishing and eco-tourism; and opportunities for recreation and psychological, spiritual and cultural enrichment.

However, the Abbot government suspended the network and ordered a review. These proposed cut backs to crucial protection in iconic areas such as the Coral Sea, Lord Howe, the Kimberley, Bremer, Perth Canyon and more.

The Turnbull Government has recently released its draft management plans for suspended Commonwealth waters marine parks. Inexplicably, the proposed reductions in protection far exceed those proposed by the Government’s own review.

If these plans go ahead, we will be the first country in the world ever to go backwards on marine protection. But, the Government is asking for feedback on their proposal. Please consider making a submission today . Save our Marine Life has an online submission you can add your voice to and use to send your concerns through to your local Federal MP. If you care about our watery world please take the time to sign this:

Add your name to stop this madness and save our sanctuaries.

The Turnbull Government has released its draft plans for cutting back protection of our marine parks. Devastating cuts are proposed to some of our most iconic areas including the Coral Sea. This will hurt health by reducing biodiversity, food sources and opportunities for recreation and healthy tourism. Please consider making a submission today.

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