Australia to Create World’s Largest Marine Protected Area

Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea to Benefit from Enhanced Protection

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and neighbouring Coral Sea Reserve are set to become the world’s largest marine protected area covering over 1.3 million square kilometres in total.

Announcing the proposal, Environment Minister Tony Burke said “this new network of marine reserves will help ensure that Australia’s diverse marine environment and the life it supports, remain healthy, productive and resilient for future generations.”

Ecotourism Australia welcomes the proposal as an important step forward in marine conservation.  Chief Executive Kym Cheatham said,  “Protecting our marine heritage is essential, but so too is educating people about the reef and its importance.  Our ECO certified reef tourism and dive operators deliver amazing experiences to guests everyday and people visit Australia specifically to experience one of the most pristine marine environments in the world”.

Read the Government’s press release here.

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