The Battle to Save the Coral Sea

Publication: The Cairns Post

Author: Brad Ryan

09/24/2010 - More than 30,000 people around Australia have signed petitions calling for a large marine park in the Coral Sea to prevent over-fishing, conservationists say.

But opponents of the proposal say 48,000 primary votes for the Fishing and Lifestyle Party at the Federal Election, in Queensland alone, showed the majority of people were against "locking up" the sea.

Campaigners on both sides of the debate are ramping up their efforts as the new Environment Minister, Tony Burke, prepares to take over the issue.

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