Saturday, November 5, 2011

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Fun!

A scuba diver looking at a giant clam on the G...Image via WikipediaCAIRNS, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 07:  Aerial views o...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeWelcome to my blog post "Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Fun"!
This place sure is natures wonderland and the Coral sea just may be the biggest on the planet!

Check out the video below if this true underwater paradise!

Exploring Oceans: Great Barrier Reef
The largest living structure, the Great Barrier Reef spans more than 1200 miles (2000 km) of islands and submerged reefs.

I also cam accross this wonderful article and wanted to share it with you all!

Coral Sea could be world's largest marine park

LABOR is considering proposals to establish the world's largest marine protected area with 972,000 square kilometres of the Coral Sea to be given differing levels of environmental cover.

The Age believes the draft proposal for the tropical waters between the Great Barrier Reef and the edge of Australian territory will place about half the total region in ''no take'' reserves, stopping fishing.

The rest of the Coral Sea will be made multi-use, single-use and wilderness conservation areas allowing recreational fishing, some commercial fishing, or both, to differing degrees.

The draft proposal is still being finalised before its release in coming weeks, but falls short of a campaign by conservationists for the entire Coral Sea to be declared a ''no-take'' reserve due to its largely unspoilt environment and military significance.

Director of the Australian Marine Conservation Society Darren Kindleysides said: ''The government has the opportunity to leave an environmental legacy of global significance by fully protecting the Coral Sea in a large marine national park.

''There have always been two important goals since the campaign to protect the Coral Sea began in 2008 - providing a very large safe haven for marine life and recognising the historic significance of the area.

''We'll be assessing the plan to see how it measures up against these two key tests once it is released.''

Environment Minister Tony Burke would not comment yesterday except to say ''a draft bio-regional plan for the east region, including the Coral Sea, will be released later this year and will be followed by a three-month period of community consultation.''

But in an article in Fishing World last week, Mr Burke said he wanted to minimise the effects on recreational fishers from the rollout of marine parks around the country, including in the Coral Sea.

Mr Burke said he wanted no-take zones to be primarily located away from popular recreational fishing spots and that ''exclusive catch and release recreational fishing zones'' could also be used allowing extraction of fish only for immediate consumption.
View Original article here!

Recently I was reading about the impact of fishing on the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea!
There really has been a large impact and many species are in lower numbers, as they are targeted as table fish.
Hopefully somehow they can get on top of this and do some serious studies on the impacts here!
Lets pray for sustainable fishing in this area!
Take care my friends and if you ever get a chance go and get some of your own Great Barrier Reef Marine park fun!
Happy Holidays
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