Since coming into power, the Abbott government has suspended our new national network of marine sanctuaries, and begun a costly and unnecessary review. The sanctuaries that our whales, dolphins and other marine life depend on – in places like the Coral Sea, Geographe Bay, Lord Howe Island, Great Australian Bight, the Kimberley and more – are ALL AT RISK of being cut back or erased completely. We can’t let this rollback happen.
Please send a submission to the Government’s Marine Reserves Review to help save our whales, dolphins and other precious marine life.
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Sanctuaries are good for marine life and communities. The science is clear that large marine sanctuaries free from human exploitation, are the best way to protect marine life in reserves. They also provide economic opportunities for diving and whale watching tourism, bringing direct benefits to coastal communities.
Blue whales and sperm whales need protected feeding areas. The Perth Canyon Marine Reserve offers the only high-level protection for feeding blue whale habitat in all of Australia, and also provides refuge for sperm whales to feed. The protection here should be maintained and ideally extended.
Humpback whales need protected calving and nursery grounds. The Kimberley Marine Reserve created the first ever marine sanctuary for calving and nursing humpback whales on the west coast.
Protection needs to be maintained in Geographe Bay. Geographe Bay Marine Reserve is important for calving southern right whales, migrating blue whales and as a resting stop for humpback whales. This makes whale watching a major tourist attraction in this area.
Deep diving whales need marine sanctuary protection. The waters off Kangaroo Island and the eastern Great Australian Bight are known to be essential feeding areas for both blue whales and sperm whales. The areas they feed in need sanctuary protection.
Preserve the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef. Increasing protection within the Ningaloo Marine Reserve to include marine sanctuary zones would provide places free of threat for migrating humpback whales, feeding whale sharks and marine turtles to thrive.
Re-zone Bremer Canyon to conserve killer whales and sperm whales. Bremer Canyon supports an abundance of marine life, including killer whales and sperm whales. The Bremer Commonwealth Marine Reserve should be re-zoned as a marine sanctuary to promote the conservation of these whales.