ACRS submission on the Commonwealth marine reserve management planning process

The current Federal Government Review of the Commonwealth Marine Reserve offers the  ideal opportunity to redress these deficiencies in the management plans  and thus improve the protection of   Australia’s  marine  environment and standing as a world leader in marine conservation. It is heartening to see  the proposed addition of three new MNPZ adjacent to the  GBRMP,  however  the proposed reduction and fragmentation of the existing MNPZ’s in the Coral Sea and the opening of Rowley Shoals to commercial fishing is  disappointing,  represents a major backward step, and has no scientific grounding.