Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, has the following comments on the release of the Turnbull Government's new draft marine park plans:
"Today Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg released draft maps showing protections for coral reefs and critical ecosystems will be gutted around Australia.
If the Turnbull Government wants to pick a fight with Australians who love our oceans then they will get one as any attempt to gut ocean protections will face a disallowance in the Senate.
The exquisite reefs and vital feeding areas in the Coral Sea, Australia's largest marine protected area, will be hardest hit.
The breeding areas of ocean creatures like Black Marlin and Whale Sharks are under threat from these plans that ignore the science on MPAs.
Never have our oceans been under so much pressure, from pollution, warming waters, ocean acidification and over fishing.
Never has there been a more important time to take all necessary measures to sustain healthy oceans for future generations.
This is the worse possible time to be scaling back environmental protections, it will make us into another international embarrassment just as we have witnessed with LNP climate vandalism."
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