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Global Ocean Legacy

Coral Sea

Australia’s Coral Sea, located east of the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef, made history in 2012 following its designation as the world’s second-largest highly protected marine reserve.  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 is currently reviewing the protective zoning for the Coral Sea Marine National Park and the other marine parks that form its recently established 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. We are working with the government, stakeholders, and the public to ensure that these parks are protected as promised.

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