No Coral Sea marine park

Tom Arup; 25/3/10

A┬ámajor environmental campaign to establish the world’s biggest marine national park across the ecologically important Coral Sea has been quashed by Environment Minister Peter Garrett. Mr Garrett yesterday announced that his department would assess the Coral Sea, home to thousands of turtles, whales and sharks, to establish a range of ”multi-use” and ”no-take” marine protection zones. But Mr Garrett ruled out the proposed single marine park saying ”the government is not intending to have one large no-take area across the whole of the Coral Sea Conservation Zone”. ”We believe that we want to meet the really important goals of conservation and protecting the environment of the Coral Sea whilst at the same time allowing for mixed uses,” Mr Garrett said.

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