East of the Great Barrier Reef lies one of the last remaining intact tropical ecosystems in the world, and the Gillard government has today protected it from mining and fishing.
“The government’s intention to protect the entire Coral Sea from mining (including petroleum exploration and development) and almost all of it from trawling will help secure the future of one of the world’s most important tropical seas,” says Imogen Zethoven of the Pew Environment Group.
It will create the world’s largest marine reserve as well as the world’s second largest highly protected zone at more than 500,000 km2. A quarter of the world’s coral reefs are destroyed and two thirds are in serious trouble, and now more than a third of this region’s namesake fragile coral reefs will be safe from mining, oil and gas development, and fishing.
Read the full article, Coral Sea Protected, on the G Magazine website.