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Australia hosts World Parks Congress as Government fails on marine protection

The Australian Greens said today it is ironic that Australia is hosting the World Parks Congress when our Government has torn down our world leading system of marine parks.

"The Federal Government should restore our system of marine parks by immediately reinstating their management plans," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on marine issues said.

"It is an international disgrace for Australia to be hosting the World Parks Congress when our Government has taken the retrograde step of suspending the management plans for our marine parks.

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New report shows dredging threat to reefs

The Australian Greens said today that new research has highlighted the risk posed to WA's coral reefs by dredging works undertaken as part of oil, gas and port operations.

"The latest study from James Cook University has examined the impacts of dredging associated with development at Barrow Island, and it shows a doubling of coral diseases," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Abbott left in Obama's wake as US acts on ocean conservation

The United States has taken further lead on climate, science and conservation with President Barack Obama using his executive powers to declare additional marine protected areas and increasing research funds for monitoring ocean acidification as part of push to deal with the impacts of pollution, climate change, and overfishing in our oceans.

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Greens mark World Oceans Day

The Australian Greens are today recognising World Oceans Day by joining a rally at Hillarys Marina maintaining pressure on the WA and Federal Governments over Colin Barnett's shark cull.

"World Ocean Day reminds us of the value of our oceans and marine life and the need to protect them from pollution, overfishing and climate change," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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New evidence on climate change shows fish species are increasingly vulnerable

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.

"Reports today on the findings of a Australian Institute of Marine Science, James Cook University and the Georgia Institute of Technology study underscores the significant stresses that oceans are experiencing as a result of climate change," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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

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.

"Strong marine protection and management of marine parks is a crucial part of preparing for a warming climate, which is clearly already affecting our state's unique marine life," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Marine park management plans need immediate reinstatement

The Australian Greens said today that new research on marine parks highlights deep flaws in the Federal Government's decision to dump management plans for marine protected areas.

"New research form the University of Tasmania shows that properly designed and managed marine parks are extremely effective. They boost fish stocks and restore biodiversity," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Coalition guts Australia’s marine parks

The Australian Greens said today the Coalition are showing total disregard for science and environmental protection by scrapping the management plans for our nation's world-leading network of marine protected areas.

"Our marine parks are now basically lines on maps. Nobody should be fooled- this decision guts marine parks," 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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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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