Pew Environment Group reports on CPD’s research paper, Stocking Up: Securing our Marine Economy.
Worth $69 billion per year to the national economy, establishing a network of marine sanctuaries would help secure and boost the economic, environmental and social benefits enjoyed by Australians.
“This important report found marine protection is vital in high risk areas where corals and sea grasses exist, such as at Geographe Bay, Cape Naturaliste and the Abrolhos Islands” said Michelle Grady of the Pew Environment Group.
“Healthy oceans support healthy regional communities and our economy. Any decline in their value could impact thousands of regional jobs and limit the benefits we all receive as a result” said Grady.
Ms Grady called on Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke to redouble his efforts to protect Australia’s marine life and act on the consensus of scientific evidence supporting the creation of a network of sanctuaries around the country.
To read the full report, click here.
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