In 2012, Australia made history by declaring the largest network of marine parks in the world, protecting marine life right around the Australian coast. The parks provide sanctuaries - so animals like southern right whales have safe nurseries to breed after travelling all the way from Antarctica.
But right now, the Government is considering cutbacks to marine parks and new applications for oil and gas developments have been lodged - our precious areas are at risk.
Right now we have an urgent opportunity. The deadline has been extended and we have until 31 October to let the National Parks Director Sally Barnes, and Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg know that we want marine parks protected. The public submission process is our chance to say:
Yes! Please protect our oceans and the gentle giants that call them home.What does this mean?
What is the issue?
In 2012, Australia established the largest marine park network in the world, protecting the home of incredible animals like whales. But after the 2013 Federal election, the new Australian Government put the whole network under review. Since then, new applications for oil and gas developments have been lodged, and many of these precious areas are at risk.
We know this works. It was thousands of supporters like you who delivered these sanctuaries back in 2012, pushing the Government to commit to protect whales, dolphins, and all the other sea life that makes our oceans so important.
And rolling back protections now, when the rest of the world is making huge advances to restore critical habitat makes no sense. Just last month US President Barack Obama declared the largest marine reserve in the world!
Please, act now, lodge a submission into the marine park review process before 11 October, and let’s protect whales and marine life for years to come.
Get to know the whales that visit Australian waters:
Southern right whales reside principally along the coastline off southern Western Australia and far west South Australia between late April and early November to breed before returning to Antarctic waters in summer.
Blue whale sightings in Australian waters are widespread and occur around the continent at various times of the year. Significant feeding areas for blue whales are around the southern continental shelf.
During their annual migration, humpback whales travel up to 10,000 km to sub-tropical waters where they mate and give birth, swimming along Australia’s eastern coastline each year between April and November.