In The News: Australian Coral Sea


In November 2012 the Australian government announced the designation of its new marine parks around the Australian coastline. Australia’s marine reserves will now cover more than 3 million square kilometers, or one third of its waters. It is the world’s largest system of marine parks ever established by one country.


The Australian government substantially increased the peripheral area of the protected waters by including the Coral Sea Marine National Park that surrounds the Great Barrier Reef in the Northeast. Roughly the size of Spain, this is the second largest no-take marine reserve in the world. The largest marine reserve is still the Chagos Marine Reserve at 640,000 square kilometers.


Oak Foundation supports the Pew Environment Group, which along with its partners has funded the programme Global Ocean Legacy, with the aim of establishing a worldwide system of large, highly protected marine reserves. These areas will help protect the diverse wildlife, including whales, dolphins, sea lions, tuna, sharks, sea turtles and coral reefs. The designation of the Coral Sea Marine National Park is a hopeful sign for the future of the oceans.


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