facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Australia to expand marine reserves

June 14, 2012 at 2:57 PM   |   Comments

1 of 2
CANBERRA, Australia, June 14 (UPI) -- Australia says it will create the world's largest network of marine parks covering 1.2 million square miles of ocean including the Coral Sea.

In the protected zones constituting more than a third of Australia's ocean waters, restrictions will be placed on fishing and oil and gas exploration, officials said.

"It's time for the world to turn a corner on protection of our oceans," Environment Minister Tony Burke said. "And Australia today is leading that next step."

The network of marine reserves will also include the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the proposal will increase the number of marine reserves off the Australian coast from 27 to 60, The Sydney Morning Herald reported Thursday.

However, conservation and environmental groups are likely to be less than satisfied with the plans, having campaigned for a complete ban on commercial fishing in the Coral Sea, the newspaper said.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Proposed Texas textbooks teach climate change skepticism Proposed Texas textbooks teach climate change skepticism
2
Humpback whale rescued off Maine coast Humpback whale rescued off Maine coast
3
Brazil to build giant observation tower above Amazon Brazil to build giant observation tower above Amazon
4
The NSA will now map out the entire Internet The NSA will now map out the entire Internet
5
Dogs are the favorite food of leopards in rural India Dogs are the favorite food of leopards in rural India
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback