Australia's Coral Sea: Recognizing its Past, Protecting its Future

I think it [the Coral Sea] should be some sort of maritime reserve … be protected more than it is.Ted Simpson, Australian veteran of the Battle of the Coral Sea

In May 1942, a pivotal naval battle took place in Australia's Coral Sea, located east of the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (map). Known as the Battle of the Coral Sea, this engagement turned the tide of World War II in the Pacific.    

Seventy years later, the Battle of the Coral Sea continues to hold great historical significance for Australia and the United States. 

In addition to its maritime history, the Coral Sea is one of the last places on Earth where large marine animals can still be found in great numbers. However, less than 1 percent of this tropical marine jewel is protected

Through the Protect Our Coral Sea campaign, Global Ocean Legacy, a project of the Pew Environment Group, is working with Australian conservation organizations to establish a very large, world class, highly protected marine park in the Coral Sea that will provide a safe haven for marine life as well as recognize the area's historic significance. Such a park would make an unparalleled contribution to global ocean conservation.

In honor of those who fought in the Battle of the Coral Sea, the campaign produced the short documentary, The Battle of the Coral Sea: Lest We Forget.

 

Map of the proposed Coral Sea marine park:

Coral Sea Proposed Marine Park Map