About a million square miles of ocean will be proclaimed reserves today in a bid by the Gillard Government to limit fishing and oil and gas exploration.
The reserves will surround the entire continent and cover the Coral Sea as well as areas off the coasts of South Australia, West Australia, New South Wales and the Northern Territory. They will connect to existing reserves across the iconic Great Barrier Reef and the coasts of Victoria and Tasmania to form a 1.2 million square mile marine park.
''Australia is a world leader when it comes to protecting our oceans, and so we should be, we've got responsibility for more of the ocean than almost any other country on Earth,'' said Tony Burke, the environment minister.
The Pew Envioronment Group, a marine conservation organsiation, described the new zones as "world-leading and historic".
Read the full article, Australia Creates World's Biggest Marine Park, on The Telegraph website.