Help protect Australia’s World Heritage Macquarie Island!
UPDATE 05.06.23: The Australian Government made its decision to create the new Macquarie Island Marine Park Most importantly, the vast majority of the park – an area larger than Germany – will be a marine sanctuary, the strongest level of protection possible.
We couldn’t have achieved this without your support. On behalf of the millions of penguins, seals and seabirds that call Macca home – thank you
The Australian Government has released a draft plan to expand Australia’s Macquarie Island Marine Park in the Southern Ocean.
We need your help to make sure the plan delivers strong marine protection!
Lying 1,500 kilometres south of Tasmania and halfway to Antarctica, Macquarie is a lush and windy wonderland teeming with wildlife, including albatross, seals, whales and penguins. Some species, such as the royal penguin, are found nowhere else on Earth.
It is our responsibility to ensure their home is protected.
Marine parks with large, highly protected sanctuaries are one of the best tools we have to help marine life build resilience and keep our oceans healthy.
It’s critical that we ensure our unique and vulnerable Sub-Antarctic marine life gets the protection it needs and deserves
We need you to add your voice and show the government that you support strong Sub-Antarctic sanctuary protection.
Image | Macquarie Island King Penguins, Nick Frayne
Read the letter text
Dear Minister Plibersek (CC Senator Duniam and Senator Whish-Wilson),
I strongly support the Government’s proposal to expand Australia’s Macquarie Island Marine Park.
The expansion ensures that the region gets the high level of protection it requires, while also ensuring that the existing, relatively well-managed and sustainable fishing activities are able to continue.
This is an incredible opportunity to safeguard our unique royal penguins and other extraordinary marine life such as seals, whales and albatrosses. Now, more than ever, Australia needs to show global leadership to secure the future of life in the Southern Ocean.
I urge you to ensure the proposed expansion of the marine park and its fully protected marine sanctuaries (MNP zones) are put in place with no delay.
The Australian Government has released a draft plan to expand Australia’s Macquarie Island Marine Park in the Southern Ocean. It’s critical that you show your support now, and ensure our unique and vulnerable Sub-Antarctic marine life gets the protection it needs and deserves.