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    Scientists concerned about plan for marine parks

    Many environmental and industrial groups have made submissions on the Federal Government’s draft marine parks management plans. A group of nearly 1,300 scientists — both from Australia and overseas — say they are deeply concerned about the draft plans and they have signed a joint submission. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/scientists-concerned-about-plan-for-marine-parks/8969430

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    Marine Parks changes not worth "huge reduction" in protection: Australia Institute

    A submission on the Government’s proposed changes to marine parks raises doubts about the economic benefit for the fishing industry. The Australia Institute has prepared a paper critical to opening up some marine parks to fishing. It suggests the changes would see a boost of just $4 million in the value of fish taken in […]

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    More than 1,200 scientists urge rethink on Australia’s marine park plans

    The following is a statement from the Ocean Science Council of Australia, an internationally recognised independent group of university-based Australian marine researchers, and signed by 1,286 researchers from 45 countries and jurisdictions, in response to the federal government’s draft marine parks plans. We, the undersigned scientists, are deeply concerned about the future of the Australian Marine Parks Network and […]

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    Global marine science luminaries slam marine parks plan

    The campaign against proposed changes to Australia’s marine park network is gathering weight, with marine science heavyweights from around the world backing a statement of concern about draft management plans. The Government is not planning to shrink park boundaries from those outlined in 2012, but it is planning zoning changes within the boundaries, claiming the […]

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    Marine park protections almost halved under new draft plan, conservationists warn

    Conservationists are outraged over the Federal Government’s draft plans for 44 Australian marine parks, saying it almost halves the protections set five years ago. Under the new proposal, mid-water trawling will be allowed and more areas will be opened to commercial and recreational fishing. Green zones, which offer the highest protection, will be reduced but […]

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    Spike in protected turtles hooked by fishing lines off Australia as government relaxes marine protections

    The number of protected turtles hooked by commercial fishers along Australia’s east coast has jumped tenfold over the past five years, sparking fears for the fate of vulnerable ocean life as the Turnbull government moves to tear up marine sanctuary protections. An analysis of government data has also revealed an increase in the number of […]

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    Oceans added to Andrew Forrest’s to-do list

    He’s already thrown hundreds of millions of dollars towards improvin­g the lives of Aboriginal people, ending the scourge of ­global slavery and finding a cure for cancer. Now billionaire miner and philanthropist Andrew Forrest has a new cause: saving the world’s oceans. Mr Forrest is undertaking a PhD in marine science at the Universit­y of […]

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    Marine sanctuaries under threat

    The national network of marine sanctuaries is under threat if draft plans by National Parks are adopted, according to the Save Our Marine Life alliance (SOML). National Parks are calling for feedback on draft plans for the management of 44 Australian marine parks. ‘Australia will become the first nation to cut protections of its ocean estate if it implements […]

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    Coral Sea protected areas to be reduced by 76 per cent

    CORAL Sea stakeholders have had a mixed reaction to a draft management plan for the marine reserve, which has had its protected areas cut back by more than 75 per cent. The Turnbull Government has finally released its long-awaited plan for the vast marine park, off the Far Northern coastline, which covers 989,842 sq km. […]

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    Australia cuts conservation protections in marine parks

    When Australia established a vast network of marine reserves in 2012, it was hailed as a major win for conservation. But management plans for the sea havens were suspended a year later. Now, scientists are angry at the Australian government’s release last week of a draft proposal to significantly erode the size of protected areas […]

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