This is a great moment to reflect on where we’ve got to and to thank all our incredible supporters.
Any day now the Review into our national network of sanctuaries will report to Environment Minister Hunt with its recommendations on the future of our precious sanctuaries.
There’s no doubt that both the Review and the Abbott Government are hearing us loud and clear, thanks to the incredible efforts of sanctuaries supporters around the country:
In just one month, 22,000 of you called on Minister Hunt to keep oil and gas AND commercial fishing out of our suspended sanctuaries.
Many thousands of you wrote submissions to the Review that demonstrated 99% of respondents want our sanctuaries retained and increased.
Thousands of you called on local MPs to attend global fisheries expert Dr Daniel Pauly’s briefings at Parliament House.
And hundreds of you came along to Sea & Me screenings around the country.
Meanwhile more than 100 dive businesses have launched the Dive Industry Statement for Sanctuaries.
200 businesses have delivered the South West Business Statement for Sanctuaries to their local MP.
More than 1000 businesses have signed the Australian Business Statement for Sanctuaries (and the number is growing each day).
Thousands of divers and snorkellers have joined Divers for Sanctuaries.
And well over 100,000 have called for a ban on the Geelong Star Supertrawler (which has already killed 9 dolphins and untold numbers of seals) from operating in Australian waters.
Together we are an incredibly powerful force. We’ve got the science, the economics, local communities and the vast majority of recreational fishers with us. And we know we’re having an impact. But the final decision rests with the Government, so the future of our sanctuaries is still in the balance and we have plenty of work to do.
Our latest short film is a great reminder of why we’re all doing this, and the enormous benefits that sanctuaries bring to our extraordinary marine life and way of life: http://saveourmarinelife.org.au/searching-for-trout/