Entries by ACRS

Australian Coral Reef Society rejects decision to abandon sanctuary zones in proposed Sydney Marine Park

Here, we comment on the New South Wales Government’s decision to abandon sanctuary zones in the proposed Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion. We briefly note our objections to the NSW Fisheries Minister’s decision to remove no-take zones from the Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion and we urge the NSW Government to reconsider and return to a process […]

ACRS submission to the independent review of the governance of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

The Governance arrangements for the GBRMPA were initially established through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park  Act 1975, and reviewed in 2006. Since  this time, the uses of, and threats to, the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) have changed considerably. These changes highlight the need for the accompanying changes in governance of the GBRMPA to ensure […]

ACRS science-based policy plan for Australia’s coral reefs

Positive, practical changes to current reef policies could help reverse the decline in the health of Australia’s coral reefs  and increase the viability of all the industries associated with reefs. Here, we highlight ways to build  resilience  in Australia’s coral reefs to protect from harmful human impacts. We focus on: Climate Change, Port development, Water […]

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  […]