WWF-Australia today welcomed the ALP’s pledge that, if elected, it will reverse the largest downgrading of marine protection in human history.
For the past five years, WWF-Australia has been advocating for the federal Marine Park boundaries and management plans announced in 2012 to be implemented.
When the government changed in 2013 these plans were downgraded with large areas opened to fishing.
The ALP has committed to restoring the 2012 Marine Park Network, which protected large sections of the Coral Sea from fishing.
“This would return 28 million hectares of marine sanctuary to the Coral Sea and would be a win for marine turtles and other threatened species,” said WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman.
“The Coral Sea is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and must be protected for future generations,” he said.