The Coral Sea is a rare example of a marine environment that is thriving. Bountiful fish populations, including grey and white-tip reef sharks, hammerheads, manta rays, tuna, barracuda, turtles, whales and rare sea creatures like the nautilus inhabit these waters, alongside an incredibly diverse array of corals.
Globally, it’s a different story. Coral reefs are vanishing five times faster than the world’s rainforests and populations of large marine species, such as sharks and tuna, are estimated to have declined by up to 90% in many areas.
Its remoteness has largely spared the Coral Sea a similar fate. However, the area is largely unprotected, leaving it vulnerable to the same impacts that have devastated other marine regions, including sea-level rise caused by global warming, illegal fishing and large-scale oil and gas exploration.
What you can do to help
WWF-Australia believes the time has come to protect this tropical marine wilderness.
We are calling on all Australians to urge the Australian Government to declare the entire Coral Sea region a Marine Protected Area. This would create the world’s largest marine park, protecting the Coral Sea before irreversible damage is done.