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Greens launch initiative to end cruel shark finning

The Australian Greens have today launched a new initiative to help end the cruel practice of shark finning in Australian waters and internationally.

"Despite being illegal in Australia, sharks are still being caught and having their fins removed before being dumped into the ocean to slowly die. This is a barbaric practice that Australians would be shocked by," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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WA’s invasive species fight must consider ocean warming

The Australian Greens said today that ocean warming, a consequence of climate change, was intrinsically linked to the arrival of new hazards in WA ports and fisheries.

"The WA Government's biosecurity response needs to consider climate change and extreme weather, which are directly linked to the arrival of invasive species in our waters," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Abbott intent on dismantling marine parks

The Australian Greens said today that Tony Abbott is signalling his intention to dismantle Australia's world class network of marine parks if the Coalition wins the election.

"The signs are clear that the Coalition are intent on dismantling our network of marine parks, effectively wiping out 10 years' worth of work," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

"Yet again we see the Coalition actively undermining the science and consultation that has gone into Australia's marine parks.

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WA Government trash environmental protections in search of industrialisation

The Australian Greens today called for WA Premier Colin Barnett to finally abandon attempts to industrialise James Price Point in the Kimberley after the Supreme Court's decision to uphold an appeal against the environmental approvals of the now-abandoned LNG processing hub.

"This decision shows that the WA Government has trashed our environmental decision making process to drive their industrial agenda," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

"Clearly there were deep flaws in the EPA and WA Government's processes when it came to assessing James Price Point for development.

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Greens announce new initiative to boost shark research

At the end of science week, the Australian Greens have announced a new initiative to identify the threats facing Australia's shark population.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on marine and fisheries said today that more research was needed on sharks, and that this research and monitoring would play an important role in increasing public safety.

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Action needed to address WA's warming oceans

The Australian Greens say urgent action is needed to address the devastating economic and environmental cost that ocean warming will have on Western Australia.

“A new, international study published in Nature Climate Change this week has shown that our marine life is already responding to ocean warming in ways that will significantly affect marine ecosystems as well as WA people and industries,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Senate backs Greens motion as whaling case commences in ICJ

The Senate has backed an Australian Greens motion recognising the start of legal action in the International Court of Justice against Japanese whaling and urging the Government to ensure any resources needed to enforce a positive ruling are provided.

"The start of this case is an important day for the decades-old fight against whaling," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

"The Senate recognised this, supporting the Greens motion and noting that this case will be keenly followed by all those Australians who oppose the continuation of whaling.

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World Oceans Day highlights the need to protect Australia’s marine environment

The Australian Greens said that while we celebrate World Ocean Day today we need to remember that a strong, ongoing effort is needed to protect Australia's marine environment from threats such as global warming, oil and gas production, overfishing and pollution.

"In the past year, Australia has implemented a world-leading system of marine parks, which will play an essential role in protecting our oceans and marine life," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Greens welcome vote to retain world-leading marine protection

The Australian Greens have welcomed the rejection of a Coalition attempt to dismantle Australia's world-leading system of marine parks.

"The day before World Environment Day, Tony Abbott's Coalition set about trying to wreck our network of marine parks, including aspects of the system that were put in place under John Howard," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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