Act NOW to save the Coral Sea
The vibrant colors that are iconic to the coast of Australia and the namesake of the Coral Sea are in danger from the pressures of climate change, pollution and ocean acidification. They are further stressed by the activities of commercial fishing and mining in the area. If these practices are allowed to continue, it is doubtful that the area will resemble the picturesque undersea treasure that it is today in the near future.
We must encourage Australia’s Environment Minister Tony Burke to establish the Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve, a site of approximately one million square kilometers of ocean that would be protected by this designation. The pressure that climate change has been placing on an already vulnerable natural resource is being exacerbated by commercial fishing and mining in the Coral Sea. This endeavor will make a powerful statement that the world is prepared to take steps to protect the oceans and marine animals.
Minister Burke has already established the importance of the Coral Sea. In his own words, “The environmental significance of the Coral Sea lies in its diverse array of coral reefs, sandy cays, deep sea plains and canyons. It contains more than 20 outstanding examples of isolated tropical reefs, sandy cays and islands.”
The commercial fishing and mining groups that are in opposition are quick to point out that the establishment and maintenance of a marine reserve takes time and money. But we cannot let a short term inconvenience for business interests deter the protection of an irreplaceable natural treasure that is critical to the entire sea’s ecosystem.
The consultation period ends in 24 hours, and you have the opportunity to make your voice heardSend a message to Minister Burke, telling him that you support the establishment of the Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve.
Then, send the link to your friends and family, urging them to do the same.
The presence of coral reefs and other vital marine ecosystems in the Coral Sea are at stake. This wave of support can make the difference.
Feel free to copy and paste the following letter or to comment with your own thoughts.
To Environment Minister Tony Burke,
I am writing to show my support for the Coral Sea Commonwealth marine reserve proposal. The protection of the entire Coral Sea would be a powerful step forward in the conservation of the ocean’s natural resources, not just for the immediate future, but for generations to come.
With the recent data regarding the health of the world’s oceans, it is imperative that we do everything in our power to protect this beautiful and crucial natural resource. Not only is it a global wonder, but the Coral Sea is an integral part of the world’s oceans. The health of marine ecosystems and organisms depend on the health of coral reefs.
You have already established the importance of the Coral Sea. In his your words, “The environmental significance of the Coral Sea lies in its diverse array of coral reefs, sandy cays, deep sea plains and canyons. It contains more than 20 outstanding examples of isolated tropical reefs, sandy cays and islands.”
Please show that you stand behind your statements and support the Coral Sea Commonwealth marine Proposal.