Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, strongly welcomes the decision to create the world’s largest marine reserve in the Ross Sea, part of the Southern Ocean off the coast of Antarctica.
Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Environmental groups have been passionately and assiduously campaigning to protect the world’s last intact marine ecosystem, the Ross Sea. I am proud to be part of the movement that so doggedly fights for the protection of the planet’s special places.
“On some occasions our movement loses these fights, but today we can celebrate a momentous achievement that will resonate for generations to come.
“The Antarctic Ocean Alliance, including many exceptional Australian groups, can be proud of this result that provides protection for the seals, penguins and whales in this Antarctic wonderland.
“I also congratulate the New Zealand government for making this proposal one of the country’s six primary foreign policy objectives. If only Australia could place environmental protection so high on its foreign policy list.
"We will all need to be vigilant to make sure that this agreement is properly implemented and keep pushing to ensure the protections become permanent.
“This proposal wouldn’t have succeeded without the world-leading research provided by Australian scientists working out of Hobart. On days like today I am proud to be a Tasmanian and part of the environment movement,” he concluded.