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. 


Protecting our marine environment

12 Jun 2016

Protecting our marine environment


Government must stop stalling on marine protections in the West: Greens

07 May 2016

The Government must strengthen protection for Western Australian reefs and reinstate marine parks to help combat worsening coral bleaching, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.



Senate supports Greens call to address coral bleaching and reinstate marine parks

02 May 2016

The Senate has supported a Greens motion calling on the Government to address coral bleaching and reinstate our world leading system of marine parks.


Addressing marine parks is a start to addressing coral bleaching

22 Apr 2016

With increasing evidence that coral bleaching is occurring off the coast of the Kimberley Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert is calling on the Government to urgently reinstate marine parks.


Australia should commit to legally binding accountability when it comes to sharks: Greens

17 Feb 2016

Australia has signed on to expand the list of shark species currently protected in a Sharks Memorandum of Understanding under the Convention of Migratory Species (CMS) but continues to step away from legally binding international measures that would enforce protection of those species, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.


Invalid oil leases highlights contempt for environment when it comes to supporting petroleum industry

11 Feb 2016

A number of offshore petroleum titles in marine parks have been deemed invalid following a major administrative error that occurred between 2008 and 2015, it has been revealed.


Senate calls on Government to reinstate world-class marine reserves

09 Nov 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed Senate support for her motion calling on the Government to reinstate Australia’s world-leading system of marine reserves, noting that Australia has some of the world‘s greatest marine natural resources with rich biodiversity.


Senator Rachel Siewert comments on north-west coral bleaching threat

04 Nov 2015

“It is very concerning to learn that rising sea temperatures driven by El Nino are threatening coral reefs off the Kimberley coast.


City of Albany urged to consider Eco Shark Barrier during tendering process for Middleton Beach this summer

29 Oct 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed part State Government funding for a shark barrier enclosure at Middleton Beach in Albany and has urged the City of Albany to consider a barrier that offers safety to swimmers without compromising the environment.


$23.9 million to focus on coastal and marine protection welcome

28 Oct 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed $23.9 million to better understand marine species and their habitats whilst aiming to lower human-shark encounters, saying ‘any funding that will strengthen the protection of Australian swimmers and surfers whilst increasing understanding of our oceans is welcome’.

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