Thursday, 3 October 2013

Australia may scale back on marine protection

30 Sep 2013 | 12:56 BST | Posted by Daniel Cressey 

Australia’s new government has confirmed it will be winding back a huge network of marine reserves established last year by the previous administration.

The country drew praise from conservationists in 2012 when the Labor government led by Kevin Rudd announced the establishment of a world-leading network of marine protected areas (MPAs).

But Greg Hunt, the environment minister in the new Liberal-National Coalition government elected 7 September, told MPA News that the plans will now be reviewed. “The Coalition Government will as soon as is practicable suspend and review the flawed management plans for marine protected areas that were imposed without fair or adequate consultation,” he said.

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