Don’t Shrink Essential Marine Reserves

Photographer - Greg McFall/ONMS

Description - Seascape of ocean life taken at Gray's Reef National Marine
Sanctuary, Savannah, GA (2006)

WOD submission

Target: Josh Frydenberg, Australian Federal Environment Minister

Goal: Reject proposal to reduce size of marine sanctuaries and increase destructive fishing practices.

Australian marine sanctuaries are in danger of being dramatically shrunk, despite the fact that reduced protection and increased fishing quotas would only present minimal economic benefits.

In 2012, Australia’s Labor government announced plans to construct a network of 42 marine reserves around the country. Unfortunately, these plans were cancelled the next year when a new party took control. Rather than protect vulnerable wildlife, the government proposed increasing fishing quotas to allow for economic growth.

New research, however, suggests that this plan is bound to fail and will harm the environment without providing any financial advantage. Recent analysis from the Ocean Science Council of Australia, an independent group of researchers, shows that increased fishing in Australian waters would have a disastrous environmental impact and would only generate paltry economic benefits for a select group license holders.

The proposal to reduce marine sanctuaries represents a clear danger to vulnerable Australian ecosystems. Sign the petition below and demand that marine reserves be protected.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Frydenberg,

I am writing to express my serious concern about recent efforts to shrink marine sanctuaries and increase fishing quotas. Recent analysis has shown that this project is ineffective and potentially dangerous for the Australian ecosystem; the expansion of dangerous fishing practices will almost certainly damage the environment, yet this move will provide only minor economic benefits for a select few merchants.

If anything, these marine reserves should be expanded, not reduced. A number of vulnerable species need protection, but this new proposal represents a serious threat to their long-term survival. I urge you to reject these recommendations and prevent the shrinking of these precious sanctuaries.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

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2 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    save our oceans!

  2. no reduction to these great marine reserves now.

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