The beautiful oceans that surround Australia are our most significant and stunning natural resources. We are a marine country- our ocean region is double the size of our land space and we have the largest single reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef on our doorstep. Our oceans and beaches are our way of life, as Australians we spend much of our lives by the beach. Whether we are snorkelling, sunbathing, swimming or having a beachside lunch, the beach is a part of being and living in Australia. However, our natural oceans are now under threat due to overuse and lack of protection and preservation.
In 2012, the Government of Australia declared the largest network of marine sanctuaries in world, located throughout the Commonwealth waters to preserve our oceans. Marine sanctuaries are significant for protection and preservation of our ocean life, as sea creatures and flora are free to grow with protection from harmful industries such as fisheries and oil companies. Over time, marine life will replenish in sanctuary zones, increasing the number of fish and marine creatures in our current oceans and providing a diverse ocean life for future generations. This is especially important for our protected creatures that are more vulnerable to extinction, such as turtles and sharks that are depending on sanctuaries. It also provides a natural environment for Australians to enter to swim and snorkel as well as an area for better scientific research and education.
However, in 2013 the Abbott Government declared it will review and suspend the current marine reserves in Australia. This means that despite proven evidence that the marine sanctuaries are vital for the future of our ocean life, our sanctuaries will no longer be protected from destruction nor will our marine life be able to properly replenish.
The Australian Marine Conservation Society is aiming to fight the review in order to save our Australian oceans.
You can join the cause by signing the petition online at: http://www.marineconservation.org.au/petitions.php/7/send-an-sos-to-your-mp-save-our-sanctuaries