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Urgent review of lethal shark net measures needed

An alarming new report showing a drastic decline in shark and ray populations is yet another reason shark nets and lethal drum lines must be removed from Australia’s beaches and oceans.
 
Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Whish-Wilson, said action was needed urgently.
 
“Fixed-drum lines and mesh-nets are designed to entangle and kill sharks but are also indiscriminate killers and weapons of mass destruction to protected marine life.
 

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Impact of seismic testing on rock lobsters is yet another reason to stop oil and gas exploration

Tasmanian Greens Senator and Greens’ Healthy Oceans spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, responded to the release today of the findings of a study by IMAS scientists on the impact of seismic testing on rock lobsters.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “This new research provides solid evidence of the harm seismic testing is likely to be causing to an important Tasmanian industry.

“The study found that seismic air guns damage rock lobsters’ ‘inner ear’, and that this damage is most likely permanent.

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First climate change link to krill and whale populations

Greens Healthy Oceans spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, said the findings of a CSIRO-led study, linking climate change to the abundance of krill in the Southern Hemisphere, are a gloomy reminder of the harsh impacts of climate change.

 

“Our oceans are facing their greatest threat in history from climate change, plastic pollution and overfishing.

 

“Our oceans are warming at a rate never before seen, up to 90 per cent of global fisheries are either overfished or fully exploited, and there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050.

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Greens plan to invest in non-lethal shark mitigation measures

Greens Healthy Oceans spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has today announced a plan to invest in new technologies that can help reduce the risk of shark encounters without further damaging the marine environment.  

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Greens have a plan to manage the risk of shark encounters and strike the right balance, in both public debate and policy, between the role of government and personal responsibility.

“One of the reasons that governments are not making good policy is due to a lack of knowledge about sharks in Australian waters.

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Support for Legal Challenge to Japan's Taiji Dolphin Hunts

Greens Healthy Oceans spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has given support to Action for Dolphin's legal challenge to the world's largest dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan.  

 

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “This legal challenge will focus the entire international community's attention on the cruel and inhumane mass slaughter of dolphins that happens too often in Taiji.

 

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Major concerns over application for seismic testing in Tasmania

Healthy Oceans Spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has expressed major concern over an application lodged by 3D Oil overnight to conduct seismic testing in the Otway Basin, west of King Island.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "Seismic testing poses an unacceptable risk to the health of our oceans and it’s shocking just how little research has been done on the impact that seismic testing has on our marine life and fisheries."

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New research shows alarming ocean warming

Greens Healthy Oceans spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says dire research published today in the Science journal shows accelerated ocean warming and is yet another frightening wake-up call to the Morrison Government and big business to get serious about climate change and the harsh impact it is having on Australia’s oceans.

 

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Farewell and thank you to Sea Shepherd's MY Steve Irwin

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Killing sharks might help some politicians sleep at night, but it will not stop shark interactions

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The slippery slope of Marine Park destruction

The Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has highlighted the NSW Government’s decision to remove protections from the Sydney Marine Park as evidence that recent federal government marine park downgrades have started a stampede for states to cut marine protections.
“This slippery slope for our oceans stems from the federal liberal government gutting federal marine protected areas, supporting the interests of a few big fishing and big oil companies over good science and sustainable environmental outcomes.

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