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Fast facts - Aus to have 70 % of world's marine parks?

Fast facts - Aus to have 70 % of world's marine parks?

As it stands, the current sum total of marine parks in the world is 2,200,000 square km. We have 840,000km of that, just under 40%.
Under current proposals we would have another 2,396,216 km2 in Australian waters within 12 months.
That would mean we would have 70% of the world's marine parks in Australian waters.
Not only that, 17% of those waters would be closed to fishing. The US is the only other country currently with above 10% of its water in MPAs, and most of these are in remote waters in the Pacific. They also have just 3% of that water closed to fishing, so we will be 500% up on that benchmark.
Canada has 1%    of its EEZ in MPAs amd only 1% of that closed to fishing, NZ has 7% and 3%, while United Kingdom has 4% and virtually no areas closed to fishing.
The marine parks program is being undertaken in part to fulfil international agreements to which Australia is a signatory, which aim  “to achieve placement of at least 10% of coastal and marine areas into marine protected areas by 2020”.
So, the Australian Government plans to exceed the international marine park targets by around 339%, around 8 years ahead of schedule.

Edited By: Scott Coghlan
Mar-08-12 01:20:36

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Re: Fast facts - Aus to have 70 % of world's marine parks?

Sounds very similar to the Carbon tax fiasco compared to what other countries are contributing and the wool being pulled over our eyes.

Key question is whether the Libs when elected back into Government will have sufficient mandate to turn things around.

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Good to Australia doing its bit to protect our marine environment wink

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