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  […]

ACRS science-based policy plan for the Great Barrier Reef – Discussion: Advancing Climate Action in Queensland

The ACRS strongly supports the following proposed actions: • A commitment to more ambitious targets to reduce Queensland’s greenhouse gas emissions. • A transition to a clean-energy, low-carbon economy, with the long-term aim of 100% renewable energy by 2050. • To be the second Australian state to sign the ‘Under 2 MOU,’ put forward by […]

ACRS science-based policy plan for Australia’s coral reefs – Benefits of mangroves – Science brief for Hon. Mark Butler MP

Declining water quality has already led to decreased coral diversity and coverage on coastal reefs of the GBR. Importantly, mangroves have the ability to reduce impacts of water quality. Australia has the 2nd largest area of mangroves in the world. Below, we have highlighted the benefits of mangroves, and recommend immediate action to protect and […]