Bands from across the country and around the world who care about our oceans and the beautiful marine life that inhabit them are using their profiles to make a difference. They’re calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to intervene and stop the destructive plan from going ahead – and they’re hoping to inspire people in the Australian and international community to do the same.
The Government’s proposal will affect a total area the size of Victoria and Tasmania combined, including:
If these protections are wound-back, it will clear the way for large-scale industrial fishing in these areas, and allow for destructive practices such as trawling – destroying habitats for marine life and significantly reducing fish stocks!
Our oceans are already struggling under the immense weight of pollution, coastal development, overfishing and climate change:
This is not just an environmental issue – unprotected oceans are bad for business and bad for fishing. Australia’s marine tourism sector is worth $28 billion, whereas the economic return for commercial fishing is in the tens of millions.
Instead of making sure the oceans are there for our children to go fishing, diving, run tourism businesses, and enjoy sustainably caught seafood, this plan would open our protected marine reserves to destructive fishing for a short-term buck.
Our pristine oceans are one of our greatest natural resources and if we mismanage them tourists are going to stop coming, fish stocks are going to plummet, and the weekend angler is going to become the next endangered species.
There’ll be little left to catch.