The Australian Greens said today that the Commonwealth system of marine reserves will remain as nothing more than lines on a map until at least 2016.
"It was established during estimates today that the Abbott Government's review of Australia's marine parks won't be given to the Minister until mid-2015. I cannot see how management plans will be completed and implemented before 2016," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.
"This is a long time for Australia's marine parks to be left un-managed, given the known threats our oceans are facing from climate change, invasive species, pollution, development and over fishing.
"This process is the Government wasting time and money for a political exercise. The review is costing $2.4m this financial year alone, which is a needless expense given the decade long process which went into developing the network of marine protected areas put in place by the previous government.
"Our nation's unique marine environments are not being managed or protected to the levels needed to secure their futures," Senator Siewert concluded.