As the dust begins to settle after the federal election, we wanted to say a huge thank you for the incredible show of support over the last couple of months.
All sides of politics heard loud and clear that Australians want to see our suspended marine sanctuaries restored and the Supertrawler banned.
This resulted in an election commitment by both Labor and the Greens to fully restore the Network and ban the Supertrawler. And the Coalition made a Budget commitment to put in place the management plans for the ‘world-class’ network of marine parks within the next 12 months, but their position on sanctuaries remains unclear. So there is more work to be done.
We now need to build on the huge momentum to save our sanctuaries, and ensure the Turnbull Government begins the process to get our parks in place within the first 100 days of government. Importantly we need to ensure there is no loss of sanctuary protection and no further delay.
Icons such as the Coral Sea, the Kimberley, Geographe Bay, Lord Howe Island and the Great Australian Bight remain in limbo – leaving our incredible marine life unprotected, and local businesses and communities still facing an uncertain future.
The Coral Sea – the cradle to our Great Barrier Reef – remains most at risk, even though its protection is crucial to the future of both these icons, and science shows sanctuaries help reefs to recover from coral bleaching.
Our latest short film about the Coral Sea, The Last Sea Treasure starring ocean legend Valerie Taylor, has made a huge impact – with ten packed-out events around Australia and more to come. Thanks to everyone who came along, as well as the hundreds of business, tourism, dive and fishing leaders, and the tens of thousands of ocean lovers who have spoken out.
You can watch The Last Sea Treasure http://www.saveourmarinelife.org.au/treasure
, and if you’re interested in organising a community screening, do let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are overwhelmed and inspired by the support and energy around Australia, and we look forward to continuing our work over this next crucial year to get our marine sanctuaries in place on the water, and to permanently ban the Supertrawler from Australian waters.