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

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.

“Signatories to CMS are meeting this week in Costa Rica to discuss the expanded list of shark species.

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

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.

“There are offshore petroleum titles that maintained ‘prior usage rights’ – basically the leases were allowed to remain despite marine parks being declared over the lease sites that have apparently been renewed without environmental approval”, said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Senate calls on Government to reinstate world-class marine reserves

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.

“The Senate has supported my motion explicitly calling on the Government to reinstate Australia’s system of marine reserves.

“At the moment the Government is ‘reviewing’ our marine protected areas, despite the fact they were implemented under the previous Government after decades of work.

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Senator Rachel Siewert comments on north-west coral bleaching threat

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

“This highlights yet again the importance of ensuring that we protect areas of our marine environments, protecting areas from other impacts helps ensure they are more resilient and gives our reefs a fighting chance.

“We have unique marine species found nowhere else in the world, but right around the country, our oceans are under threat.

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

 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.

 “It is great to see Middleton beach has been offered $200,000 in part funding to install a shark barrier enclosure for 2015/16.

 “More and more we are seeing a far more logical and measured approach to reducing human-shark encounters with non-lethal measures.

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$23.9 million to focus on coastal and marine protection welcome

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’.

“It has taken vigorous campaigning but the Federal Government is beginning to see the light when it comes to research that will help develop methodologies that will help keep ocean users safe without compromising our healthy oceans.

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Questioning on anti-radicalisation kit produces unconvincing reasoning for shark cull photo

"Recently the Government released an ‘Anti Radicalisation Kit’ which discussed combating extremism and pictured an image of the peaceful ‪#‎noWAsharkcull protest that I attended with thousands of Western Australians early last year”, said Senator Rachel Siewert.  

“After the community rejected the image as part of the kit, it was promptly removed online.

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Senate calls on Government to reinstate our marine reserve system

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed Senate support for her motion calling on the Government to reinstate marine protected areas and their management plans, especially after recent news that mass coral die-off is looming.

“Just recently we learned how the world’s oceans are experiencing the third-ever global bleaching that could become the largest coral die-off ever.

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Greens will table statement from dive industry calling for marine sanctuaries to remain

Over 100 dive and snorkel businesses have banded together to raise their concerns about the Government’s wind back of marine sanctuaries that could come from a review of Australia’s network of marine parks and sanctuaries.

“It is a pleasure to be able table a Statement in the Senate tonight from the Dive Industry Association of Australia, who have legitimate concerns about what the Government’s marine parks review means for the marine environment, loss of protection for unique underwater environments and its associated economy.

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Queensland shark cull by-catch report shows the state must move to effective non-lethal measures

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has said recently released figures showing the amount of by-catch killed in Queensland nets and drumlines shows why Western Australian’s rejected drumlines along their coasts last year.

“Australians fundamentally value healthy oceans and looking after our marine life. Anyone reading the figures from Queensland’s nets and drumlines from 2009-2014 would be understandably distressed.

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