World’s largest marine sanctuary could be key to protecting regional biodiversity
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — More than 300 scientists from 21 countries have urged the Australian government to create the world’s largest no-take marine reserve in the Coral Sea.
“Marine reserves are an important tool for managing and restoring ecosystems. They protect brood stocks for sustainable fisheries and rebuild distorted foodwebs,” said Terry Hughes, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. “We know how well they work because of the differences that we observe again and again between different marine zones under existing management schemes. Already, the recent rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef has resulted in a doubling of coral trout and other commercially important species” he said.
“The Australian Government’s draft plan for a marine reserve in the Coral Sea is a significant step forward – but misses a unique opportunity for Australia to demonstrate global leadership in marine stewardship, by declaring the Coral Sea … as the world’s largest no-take area,” according to the statement, signed by more than 300 scientists. Continue reading “Biodiversity: Coral Sea preservation urged”