Posted by: Bob Payne | September 1, 2011

Scientists Raise Alarm About Poor Protection For South West Australia Marine Life

More than 170 marine scientists from Australia and overseas, including 14 Pew Fellows and Advisors, have joined together to raise concerns that critical areas for marine life in the South West of Australia have been ignored in a federal government plan for new marine parks. The scientists have sent Environment Minister Tony Burke a ‘statement of concern’ about the proposed plan and highlighted that no marine sanctuaries have been proposed for three of the seven bioregions in the South
West, defying the government’s own commitment to establish a representative reserve system. “If implemented as proposed, the marine reserves would cover less than half of the mapped habitat types within the South West planning region in highly protected areas,” the scientists state.

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