A group of scientists is urging the government NOT to wind back the scale of the nation’s 40 marine reserves.
An advisory panel is recommending the removal of an area almost twice the size of Tasmania from the protected zones – where mining and fishing are banned.
But the scientists known as the Ocean Science Council say cuts of that size could be devastating to marine life.
Their call comes as the federal government reviews the management of marine parks.
AM’s Lexi Metherell is speaking with council member, University of Technology Sydney Professor of Marine Ecology, Professor David Booth