About the brochure
Australia's oceans are beautiful and diverse. But they cannot be taken for granted.
Australians are responsible for a greater area of ocean than the people of any other nation on earth. This brings exciting opportunities and important responsibilities.
Protecting our future…
Seemingly harmless actions may have unintended consequences in ocean ecosystems. No one wants to see a collapse of marine ecosystems like the Grand Banks of the North Atlantic, where 90% of the world-renowned Newfoundland fishery has been wiped out and will not recover for years. Such environmental disasters have decimated ecosystems, industries and communities around the world.
While our oceans are in comparatively good condition, we must prepare today to prevent future problems.
Already Australia's ocean resources are under pressure from marine pollution, fisheries bycatch, and introduced marine pests. The opportunities and challenges for Australia are well illustrated in the South-east Marine Region.