Victoria created the world’s first network of protected marine areas in 2002.
The community pushed hard for 13 marine ground-breaking national parks and 11 sanctuaries. For twenty years they’ve protected 5.3% of Victoria’s coastal habitats, and some of our 12,000 marine animals and plants.
Our oceans are warming, marine pests are rife, and illegal fishing is rampant. But the state government has a freeze on creating new marine parks.
Australia has signed up to 30% protection of land and sea by 2030. Victoria’s legacy is desperately out of date. We lag well behind other Australian states.
5.3% is not enough.
If we look after our oceans and coasts, they’ll help us cope with increasing climate disruption and a warming world.
Add your name if you want more protection for our ocean life!