Australia’s Coral Sea, located east of the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef, made history in 2012 following its designation as one of the world’s largest highly protected marine reserves. At 502,238 square kilometers (193,915 square miles), the Coral Sea Marine National Park safeguards critically important marine life such as whales, sea turtles, sharks, and coral reefs.
The Australian government has been reviewing the protective zoning for the Coral Sea Marine National Park and the other marine parks that form its national network of marine parks. As the world’s first and largest national network of its kind, Australia has contributed significantly to global ocean conservation. Pew’s Global Ocean Legacy program worked with the government, stakeholders, and the public to ensure that these parks are protected as promised. As of 2017, the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project continues those efforts.
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A map featuring the world's largest highly protected marine reserves. Read More
Government ministers issued a joint declaration today emphasizing the critical role marine protected areas—both within and outside areas of national jurisdiction—play in restoring and revitalizing the health of the world's oceans. The statement was issued following their meeting at the Ajaccio Ministerial Conference for Ocean Conservation on the island of Corsica in Ajaccio, France Read More
Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy
Pew and the Bertarelli Foundation have joined forces in a new partnership with the goal of increasing the number of fully protected parks in the sea from nine to 15 by 2022.
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Global Ocean Legacy works with local communities, governments and scientists around the world to protect and conserve some of our most important and unspoiled ocean environments.