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Australia Plans Protected Marine Areas as Large as India

Way to go, Australia:

Australia plans to create the largest network of marine parks in the world, protecting waters covering an area as large as India while banning oil and gas exploration and limiting commercial fishing in some of the most delicate areas. The country’s marine reserves will increase to 60 from 27 under the new plan, covering more than 1.2 million square miles, or one-third of its waters.

Via Meadia hopes to reward your far-sighted initiative by swimming and diving in those waters you so wisely are acting to preserve.

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  • Jim.

    To [heck] with how “delicate” these places are — are they spawning grounds for the sorts of fish we’re pulling out of the ocean at such a pheomenal rate? That’s what we urgently need to protect.

    Eh, it’s nice to protect at least part of Great Barrier Reef too.

  • Corlyss

    “banning oil and gas exploration and limiting commercial fishing”

    stupid, stupid, stupid

  • Eric

    “by swimming … in those waters”

    Very few people swim anywhere around the Great Barrier Reef…due to the large box jellyfish and the smaller Irukandji jellyfish. I wouldn’t recommend trying.

  • Walter Sobchak

    I think that it is arrogant and ultimately immoral for any country to deprive a hungry and needy world of resources. If Australia can declare that much territory off limits, why should China respect that declaration? Because the Aussies are white? I don’t think so.

  • Jim.

    Guys, if Oz is doing this right, the fact that there are some areas off-limits to fishing means that there will be a lot more fish in the areas where fishing is still allowed.

    Someone more informed about this could well come back and say they’re not doing it “right”; but the fact is if fishing stocks aren’t allowed some refuge areas to replenish themselves in, that’s like eating your seed corn.

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