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THE CORAL SEA OUR OCEAN PARADISE protectourcoralsea.org.au


Protect Our Coral Sea Protect our Coral Sea is a coalition of ten Australian and international conservation groups, which is calling on the federal government to establish a large, world-class, highly protected marine park in Australia’s Coral Sea that will provide a safe haven for marine life and recognise its historic significance.

Only 1% of the Coral Sea is protected. You can help to change this by visiting www.protectourcoralsea.org.au

The Protect our Coral Sea initiative comprises: the Australian Conservation Foundation, Australian Marine Conservation Society, Pew Environment Group – Australia, Project AWARE Foundation, Humane Society International, Queensland Conservation Council, National Parks Association of Queensland, North Queensland Conservation Council, Wildlife Queensland and the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre.

SOLOMON ISLANDS EEZ PAPUA NEW GUINEA EEZ

VANUATU EEZ

PROPOSED CORAL SEA MARINE PARK

CAIRNS CORINGA-HERALD NNR

NEW CALEDONIA EEZ

LIHOU REEF NNR

Preservation Society of

AUSTRALIA EEZ

TOWNSVILLE

GREAT BARRIER REEF MARINE GREAT BARRIERPARK REEF QUEENSLAND

MARINE PARK

AUSTRALIA protectourcoralsea.org.au

BUNDABERG

Osprey Reef, Coral Sea

© Daniel Beaver


Foreword

Long before Clean Up Australia, I was a global sailor. It was the mystery of the sea that drew me to boats and since my childhood on the shores of Sydney Harbour, the extraordinary array of life that our oceans support has held my fascination and inspired me to help clean up and safeguard our waters for future generations. With great sadness I note that much has changed in our oceans. Where only a few decades ago they teemed with life, there is now an emptiness and silence. Only a few places remain where the giants of the deep such as tropical tuna, marlin and sharks, still roam in healthy numbers.

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Australia’s Coral Sea is one such area. Nestled between the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Australia’s maritime boundary with New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, this magnificent region is still largely intact. It’s not surprising that this special place is called the Serengeti of the Sea.

Thirty metres below the surface of the Coral Sea lies the twilight zone and soft coral heaven.

In the last 50 years, the world has lost 90 per cent of our large ocean fish. I believe we have a responsibility to do what we can to turn this trend around, to restore the abundance, while we still can. We don’t have time for ifs and buts; we must address overfishing if we are to restore the balance. But on its own this is not enough. A balance can only be achieved if our efforts are supported by large-scale ocean reserves to safeguard feeding and breeding areas.

The region is home to some unique and globally significant marine species such the Jurassic shrimp, thought to be extinct 50 million years ago and a recently discovered dwarf species of ancient nautilus found on Osprey Reef. It is also home to whales, dolphins, threatened turtles, seabirds and a great diversity of habitats, including the world’s largest reef plateaus, canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon, mountains taller than Australia’s iconic Mt Kosciuszko, spectacular coral outcrops, deepwater trenches and a vast abyssal plain. The Australian Government has the chance to make the Coral Sea the world’s largest ocean reserve. The waters of the proposed reserve lie entirely within our jurisdiction and cover almost one million square kilometers. Yet only one per cent of this vast area is protected from oil and gas exploration, seabed mining and fishing. Located adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, a marine reserve in the Coral Sea would allow unprecedented global ocean protection. More than ever, the world’s oceans need this kind of leadership. This superb book of photographs is testimony to the beauty and diversity of Australia’s Coral Sea. I hope they inspire you to support its protection now and for the future.

The Global Census of Marine Life revealed that Australia has the greatest diversity of ocean life in the world. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most cherished natural wonders on the planet. The Coral Sea, right next door is a treasure trove of known and yet to be discovered species, and a cradle for the Great Barrier Reef.

Above: Giant soft coral

IAN KIERNAN Chairman/Founder, Clean Up Australia


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Our fate and the oceans are one.

Right: Schooling great barracuda


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Left: Dwarf minke whale Right: Reef top Life


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Left: Brown sweetlips Right: Maori humphead wrasse


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When one tugs at a single thing in nature he finds it attached to the rest of the world.

Left: Grey reef sharks Right: Hammerhead shark


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Left: Jellyfish Right: Rainbow fish


Humpback whale


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Left: A Sailfish feeding Right: Nautilus


With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live. 18

Left: Clown fish Right: Wreck Reef


Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.

Left: Manta ray

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Whale shark


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Tuna epitomize what it is to be a fish. Their sleek muscle-bound bodies cut through the water with effortless mastery, driven by high crescent tails beating side to side in rapid staccato.

Left: Brown booby with chick Right: Yellow fin tuna


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Left: Green turtle Right: Potato cod


Credits

Thank you

WRITERS CREDITS

Philippe Bourseiller www.gettyimages.com

Page 2: Dr Rob Beaman Page 4: Dr Sylvia Earle Page 11: John Muir Page 18: Dr Sylvia Earle Page 21: John Ruskin Page 25: Prof. Callum Roberts, from ‘The Unnatural History of the Sea’

Protect Our Coral Sea

Protect our Coral Sea is a coalition ofPHOTOGRAPHY ten Australian CREDITS and international Page conservation groups, which is 1: Philippe Bourseiller, Osprey Reef Page 2: Roberto Rinaldi, Giant soft coral calling on the federal government to establish a large, Pageprotected 5: Jürgenmarine Freund,park Schooling great barracuda world-class, highly in Australia’s Page 6: Jürgen Freund, Dwarf minke whale Coral Sea that will provide a safe haven for marine Page 7: Xanthe Rivett, Reef top life life and recognise its historic significance. Page 8: Mark Spencer, Brown sweetlips

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Pageour 9: Tyrone Canning, Maori humphead wrasse The Protect Coral Sea initiative comprises: PageConservation 10: Jurgen Freund, Grey reef shark the Australian Foundation, Page 11: Doug Perrine, Hammerhead shark Australian Marine Conservation Society, Page 12: Lucy Trippett, Jellyfish Pew Environment Group – Australia, Project AWARE Page 13: Lucy Trippett, Rainbow fish Foundation, Humane Society International, Queensland Page 14: Jürgen Freund, Humpback whale Conservation Council, National ParksFallows, Association of feeding Page 16: Chris and Monique A Sailfish Queensland, North QueenslandPage Conservation Council, 17: Jürgen Freund, Nautilus Pageand 18: the Lucy Trippett, Wildlife Queensland Cairns and Clown fish Page 19: Xanthe Centre. Rivett, Wreck reef Far North Environment

Gary Bell Chris and Monique Fallows www.oceanwideimages.com Tyron Canning www.makoproductions.com Jürgen Freund www.jurgenfreund.com Doug Perrine Roberto Rinaldi www.naturepl.com Xanthe Rivett www.xantherivett.com Mark Spencer www.markspencer.com.au

Less than 1% of the Coral Sea is protected. Please help to change this by visiting www.protectourcoralsea.org.au

Lucy Trippett www.planktonproductions.com.au Dr Sylvia Earle www.sylviaearlealliance.org Jon Chuo www.JonChuo.com

SOLOMON ISLANDS EEZ

Page 21: Jürgen Freund, Manta ray Page 22: Gary Bell, Whale shark Page 24: Mark Spencer, Brown booby with chick Page 25: Chris and Monique Fallows, Yellow fin tuna Page 26: Jürgen Freund, Green turtle Page 27: Mark Spencer, Potato cod

PAPUA NEW GUINEA EEZ

VANUATU EEZ

PROPOSED CORAL SEA MARINE PARK

CAIRNS CORINGA-HERALD NNR

NEW CALEDONIA EEZ

LIHOU REEF NNR

Preservation Society of

AUSTRALIA EEZ

TOWNSVILLE

GREAT BARRIER REEF MARINE GREAT BARRIERPARK REEF QUEENSLAND

MARINE PARK

AUSTRALIA protectourcoralsea.org.au

BUNDABERG

protectourcoralsea.org.au

© Daniel Beaver


The Coral Sea: Our Ocean Paradise photo booklet  

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