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Preserve our reserves - act now

Be a voice for the home of Aussie ocean wildlife

The ocean is a huge part of our Australian way of life. But right now, our marine protected areas are in danger.

A few weeks ago, the federal government outlined plans to massively cut back marine reserve protection for our oceans. Marine reserves all around Australia are threatened.


We have until the 20th of September to tell the government to stop these plans and keep our marine reserves protected. Sign our petition to get your voice heard.

The Coral Sea, one of Australia’s largest marine sanctuaries known for its abundance of spectacular oceanic wildlife including sharks, tunas and whales, has had its proposed level of protection slashed by more than half.

If these plans go through, it will be the largest downgrade of a protected area in the world. This is a massive step back for a nation that was once seen as a leader in marine conservation.



Our marine ecosystems are already vulnerable. By downgrading protected areas, our marine reserves will be exposed to large-scale industrial longline fishing and trawling. The opportunity to recover and conserve our most precious ocean areas will be lost. The cost? Our Aussie ocean wildlife.

Luckily, these plans are not yet set in stone. The Australian Government is asking the public for feedback. We have the chance to let them know that our marine reserves need to be protected. Action must be taken quickly before the window of opportunity closes.

This is your chance to influence the future of our oceans.

We need to make sure the Australian Government knows that downgrading protected areas of marine reserves will threaten the livelihoods of those that depend on it. Not only does this include the diverse range of marine wildlife, but also the livelihoods of local communities that benefit from sustainably managed and protected oceans.

Let them know that protecting our marine reserves is the best way that future generations can continue to enjoy the benefits that our oceans provide.

Be a voice for the home of our Aussie ocean wildlife.

Sign the petition and help #PreserveOurReserves.


Map of projected downgrades of Australian marine reserves © WWF-Australia

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