Australia now has an unparalleled opportunity to regain and enhance its status as global marine leader. The Coral Sea is an iconic area, nationally and internationally. Its natural and cultural heritage value to the nation and to the world is substantial.
The area contains habitats as diverse as coral reefs, remote islands, sandy cays, underwater mountains, abyssal plains and deep-sea canyons. Its spectacular wildlife includes top predators such as sharks, tuna, marlin and swordfish as well as threatened sea turtles, whales, seabirds and a huge range of corals and reef fish. The Coral Sea, fully protected, would be a safe haven for globally threatened species and fish that are rapidly declining around the world such as tuna and sharks.
Its location next to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and Marine Park creates an unparalleled opportunity to protect a very large area of the world’s tropical marine environment.