Protecting our marine future

The Greens are committed to protecting Australia's marine environments and taking strong action to address the growing threats they face.

Australia's beaches and oceans are famous. We have unique marine species found nowhere else in the world, but right around the country, our oceans are under threat.

Since Tony Abbott became Prime Minister, his Government have scrapped the management plans for our world-leading network of marine protected areas, making them little more than lines on a map.

Surrendering on the issue of marine protection has left our oceans vulnerable to pollution, overfishing, oil and gas exploration and climate change.

All the science points to the high value of marine protected areas for supporting and protecting marine environments, marine birds and mammals and replenishing fish stocks. 

Prioritising development or oil and gas exploration, fishing over all our oceans ahead of sustainability and science based marine protection put our oceans at risk and threatens communities around our coast who rely on sustainable fishing, tourism and recreation.

The WA State and the Federal Government support for the shark cull in WA is another example of their failure to protect our oceans and marine species.

Climate change is a significant, emerging threat to our oceans which causes ocean warming, acidification and linked to changes in marine currents.

These changes will have profound implications for our marine environment, and new threats like invasive species will emerge.

Early action and investment in mitigation plan, adaptation strategies and fisheries management need to be part of efforts to respond to the impacts of climate change on our oceans, and we need strong investments in renewable energies and an effective carbon price to reduce out greenhouse emissions.

The Greens are committed to meaningful action to address climate change and we are the only party standing up for effective measures in Parliament. Tony Abbott's Direct Action sham fails to address the threats that climate change poses to our oceans, fisheries and lifestyle.

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