05/19/2009 - The federal government has announced a new conservation zone in the Coral Sea, extending beyond the Great Barrier Reef, while the area is assessed for more permanent protection.
The zone covers 972,000 square kilometres of Australian waters east of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Elise Hawthorne from the Pew Environmental Group welcomed the announcement, saying the future of the area was not secure.
"The extraordinary historic and natural value of the Coral Sea offers the Australian government an unparalleled opportunity to protect a vast area of the world's threatened ocean, right next to the Great Barrier Reef," Ms Hawthorne said in a statement.
Read the full article New Conservation Zone for Coral Sea on The Queensland Times' Web site.