The Greens have backed the University of Queensland study that lays out how levels of protection up to 50% of the South West region are required and can be achieved, to protect marine life in commonwealth waters of the south west.
Senator Rachel Siewert said, “This blueprint not only establishes the basis for marine biodiversity protection, it sets out a future for sustainable fishing, tourism and recreation which should support local industries, preserve fish stocks and protects our existing biodiversity.
“It is time to stop the scare campaign against marine sanctuaries we saw during the recent federal election and look at the science, not the myths.
“This report highlights that extensive marine protection is needed in our south west oceans, to protect our marine biodiversity and ensure fish stocks into the future.”
Full release can be downloaded here.