Reefs need resilience more than ever

(Can marine reserves / sanctuaries help fight the impacts of climate change on coral reefs)

The summer of 2016 will be remembered by ocean lovers and marine scientists as the year that the world’s colourful coral reefs turned skeletal white on an unprecedented scale.  It could also be a turning point in how we view the role of protected areas in the future of our oceans. Continue reading


Bipartisan commitment to Kimberley maintained with Labor conference resolutions

At the WA Labor conference this weekend the party has re-affirmed their commitment to establishing a network of marine parks and sanctuaries in the Kimberley – the Great Kimberley Marine Park.

This maintains the bi-partisan support for marine parks in the Kimberley with the Barnett State Government continuing to push forward with their election commitment to establish the Horizontal Falls, North Kimberley and Roebuck Bay marine parks to add to the existing Eighty Mile Beach and Camden Sound parks. Continue reading

Sanctuaries Grow Fish

A great new website I’ve just discovered and have to share.  A distillation of all the evidence you need on why marine sanctuaries are needed for marine conservation, how they can complement the sustainable management of fisheries, and how they can benefit recreational fishing.

“There have been marine sanctuaries in Western Australian waters since 1987.  These initial sanctuaries were smaller than the larger and more effective sanctuaries we see today, but helped pave the way for the science that was needed to test the effectiveness of sanctuaries.  Today there is a huge, worldwide, body of evidence that conclusively proves, well managed sanctuaries benefit the animals that live in them and the people who live near them. Nowadays, some of the best fishing spots in WA are within and around the marine parks that have the largest areas in sanctuary zones – such as Ningaloo, Shark Bay, Geographe Bay and the Rowley Shoals.”

Roebuck Bay Marine Sanctuary Offers Many Benefits

Opinion Piece printed in The West Australian on 19th August 2014


At the last election Premier Barnett re-iterated his promise that the Government would create a series of marine parks to preserve and protect the “spectacular and pristine” Kimberley region, which he described as, Australia’s great wilderness frontier. The stage is now set for the Government to demonstrate its resolve to protect this region in a meaningful way for future generations.

Roebuck Bay is the gateway to the Kimberley and it is here that the Government is being urged to act next. In recent months a flurry of activity in Broome has led a large number of scientists, fishers and tourism businesses to write to the Premier supporting the Roebuck Bay marine park, but also to ensure the Bay is properly protected. Continue reading

Unanswered questions in Esperance white shark kill

Reading reports of the killing of two white sharks in Esperance by Fisheries officers following a suspected bronze whaler bite leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

Firstly though, condolences to the surfer who lost his arms, its hard to imagine how that would feel and the impact it will have on his life. Wishing him the best possible recovery under the circumstances.  But the question we must ask is – how is the killing of white sharks following the attack making anyone safer?   Continue reading

Speech against the WA Shark Cull

Looking at all the people here today, and thinking of the others around Australia and the world, I think the Premier should be more afraid of us than the sharks!

I thank each and every one of you for the courage you have shown to be here today for the sharks. Only a decade ago when I put my first shark conservation sticker on the dive tub people said it would never take off, and now look at us!

Take action. Email your local MP. .

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