Fishers Cast their Support for Our Coral Sea
Tens of thousands of Australians, including several thousand recreational fishers, have been moved to support the establishment of a very large, world-class marine park in the Coral Sea, east of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, free from fishing, oil and gas exploration and mining.
These fishers love their fishing and at the same time support the need for a safe haven for the amazing marine wildlife that lives within our Coral Sea.
Is the Coral Sea a recreational fishing location?
The proposed Coral Sea Marine Park lies far offshore, between the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and our maritime boundary with three other countries. Being 106km offshore at its nearest point to the Queensland coastline, the proposed park is remote and well beyond the reach of most recreational fishers.
How will the proposal affect recreational fishing?
In the last 20 years over 99% of reported catch and release game fishing occurs in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and less than one per cent in the proposed offshore Coral Sea Marine Park. It would be very difficult to find a marine park location that would have less impact on recreational fishing than the eastern Coral Sea. The proposed park is an opportunity to create the highest level of protection whilst having the least possible impact on recreational fishing.
Download the file below to hear from fishers who support a marine park in the coral sea.
Media Contact: Veronica OConnor
Project: Global Ocean Legacy - Coral Sea