Australia has unique and internationally renowned marine and coastal environments which need protection to ensure their long term protection and the ongoing viability of sustainable industries. The Montara oil spill, Gulf of Mexico disaster and shipping accident and spill at Christmas Island highlight ongoing threats to our marine environment. 

In addition to their unparalleled ecological value, our marine assets are the backbone of our tourism and sustainable fishing industries and are iconic to the way of life of millions of Australians. The Greens are committed to ensuring healthy marine environments for future generations. 


Shark cull response sends a clear message to Tony Abbott

24 Apr 2014

The Australian Greens said today that Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt should take note of the large number of public submissions made to the EPA over the need to refer the extension of WA's drum line program for environmental assessment.


New evidence on climate change shows fish species are increasingly vulnerable

14 Apr 2014

The Australian Greens said today that new research linking the increased presence of C02 in our oceans to changes in the behaviour of fish species shows the widespread threat of climate change to the marine environment, sustainable industries and food security.


Barnett attempts to extend brutal shark cull

08 Apr 2014

The Australian Greens said today that WA Premier Colin Barnett was blatantly ignoring the people of WA by asking the Federal Government to approve a three year extension of his flawed shark cull policy.


Marine protection & climate action needed to protect WA’s oceans

03 Apr 2014

The Australian Greens said today that reports on extreme coral bleaching off the WA coast, coupled with the ongoing threat of warming oceans, shows the importance of marine protection and action to tackle climate change.


Greens witness distressing shark cull off Perth's beaches

29 Mar 2014

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has described the distressing scenes of sharks being caught and one being killed after spending this morning with Sea Shepherd observing Colin Barnett's brutal shark cull policy in action.


Greens present 88,160 signature anti-cull petition to the Senate

27 Mar 2014

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has today presented the Senate with a petition containing over 88,000 signatures of people opposing Colin Barnett's cruel shark cull.


Greens announce Bill to end WA’s shark cull

24 Mar 2014

The Australian Greens have today announced they will introduce a private members bill in the Senate to end WA's shark cull.


EPA joins Federal Government in not scrutinising shark cull

12 Mar 2014

The Australian Greens said today it is appalling that the EPA will not properly examine WA's shark cull, despite the clear impact it is having on marine life.


Environment Minister fails to protect Australia's sharks

05 Mar 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Environment Minister had failed in his responsibilities to protect sharks when he exempted WA’s current shark drum line program and that this failure continues while he refuses to review breaches of the shark cull conditions.


Senate backs Greens’ motion on WA shark cull as Abbott & Barnett sing with one voice

04 Mar 2014

The Senate has backed an Australian Greens motion calling on the Federal Government to terminate the exemption from the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act granted to Premier Colin Barnett's drum line policy following the deaths of members of a protected species.

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