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Australia's expanded marine reserves

Australia Leads World in Ocean Protection On June 14, Australia expanded its system of protected marine areas to circle the country and help protect marine life and fragile reefs. EXPANSION OF PROTECTED BEFORE AFTER JUNE 14 JUNE 14 MARINE AREAS IN AUSTRALIAN WATERS DESIGNATED MANAGED AREAS 38% 2. Now 3,100,000 km² 4% FULLY PROTECTED 14% Now 1,180,000 km? Designated managed areas: a range of zones from highly protected national parks, reserves and sanctuaries to areas where multiple uses are permitted. Fully protected: no-take areas where no fishing or resource extraction is allowed, the gold standard in ocean conservation. Species Protected: Large ocean-voyaging species such as tunas, marlins 1 and sharks, including endangered humpback Maori wrass and vulnerable bigeye tuna Twenty-eight species of whales and dolphins, including the endangered pygmy blue whale and Australia's only endemic dolphin, the protected snubnose dolphin Forty-two percent of the world's endangered and vulnerable coral species and more than 300 Coral Sea animal species currently listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species - Endangered green turtles and hawksbill turtles 1 Endangered Australian sea lions Source: Australian Govemment Infographic by Carla Uriona and Adam Rotmil Photograph by Glen Cowans Pew Environment Group, 2012 THE PEW ENVIRONMENT GROUP

Australia's expanded marine reserves

shared by curiona on Jul 20
Australia recently expanded its protected marine areas--this infographic describes the impact of this expansion, which is the world’s largest network of marine protected areas.


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