Applaud Conception of World’s Largest Network of Marine Parks

Target: Federal Government of Australia

Goal: Praise Australia for its significant achievement in the preservation of coral reef biodiversity

This past November, Australia finalized plans for the layout and mapping of the world’s largest network of marine parks. This massive network is a significant step forward in conservation of Australia’s diverse marine wildlife. Commend the Federal Government of Australia for its dedication towards protection of fragile coral reef habitats.

Over the past few years, strong support from the public was spurred by addressing the government with over 80,000 submissions, all of which were in favor of the new marine parks. An overwhelming display of support was also given by people all over the country, urging the government that protection for marine life surrounding the coral reefs is absolutely essential and long overdue.

Some areas of coral reef have been recognized as extremely vulnerable, but have not yet received adequate protection. These include the areas surrounding the Rowley Shoals and Ningaloo Reef coral reefs that may become stressed if exposed to gas exploration or oil spills. Many other marine animals, such as sharks, dolphins and turtles, rely heavily on these coral reefs for their livelihood and survival. Incorporating any sort of industrialization into these waters could spell disaster for these delicate habitats.

Paul Gamblin, marine spokesperson for World Wildlife Fund- Australia, explains how momentous this achievement is for Australia. After over a decade of effort, the governments and coalitions have made the creation of the parks possible, and urged for quick organization of the parks’ management, which began earlier this year. Commend the Federal Government of Australia for its significant achievement in establishing a national network of marine parks.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Federal Government of Australia,

Among the most exquisite display of biodiversity are the coral reefs in the waters surrounding Australia and containing the world’s most unique marine life. Many marine animals depend heavily on the existence of these reefs, but the reefs’ fragility leaves them vulnerable if exposed to stressful or sudden changes.

By finalizing plans for the design and layout of the world’s largest network of marine parks, you have succeeded in taking a giant leap forward towards the conservation of these ecosystems. I commend this outstanding accomplishment and encourage further organization of the parks’ management, so implementation can begin immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: thinkpanama via flickr

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