Marine Parks and Sanctuaries

Protecting the Coral Sea and maintaining the integrity of Commonwealth Marine Reserves

Federal Labor is committed to the sustainable management of Australia’s marine resources and we are a strong defender and manager of our oceans and those who use them. 

The Government’s recently released plans to wind back protections in our oceans and draft management plans make Australia the only country in the world that is winding back its protections for the ocean.

Labor put the world’s largest network of marine parks in place in 2013, protecting over 2.3 million square kilometers of our oceans. The network includes natural wonders such as the Coral Sea and Perth Canyon.  It was based on the latest science and extensive community consultation.

Labor will continue to defend our science based approach.

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