A few months ago I stated my support for a Coral Sea Heritage Park and although I would like to see more powerful bans on oil exploration within this proposed park my opinion has not changed.
Of course you can read the original story ‘Coral Sea Heritage Park - Great news for recreational fisherman!’
Well a bit closer to home than the Coral Sea is the Great Barrier Reef and scientists have recently reported on the reefs protected zones and the report card is good!
Cairns Post journalist Julie Lightfoot drew my attention to this report in her story ‘Plenty of fish in no-go zone seas’ on 25 February 2010.
As I have mentioned before Julie edits Thursday’s environment page in the Cairns Post and it’s worth buying the paper on Thursdays for this page alone!
I deemed it too good for the compost bin so here it is!
Of course you can read more about this story online: World-class protection boosts Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
The latter contains this neat content regarding spillover effect, a benefit I believe the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park as a whole would receive from a Coral Sea Heritage Park.
‘The researchers predict that as protected fish inside no-take areas grow larger, they will contribute many more larvae to the whole ecosystem. Therefore, the benefits of no-take areas are expected to extend far beyond the no-take boundaries, replenishing surrounding areas that are open to fishing.’
Time will tell with regards to Australia becoming a world leader with a Coral Sea Heritage Park but in the meantime this good news from the fish scientists is a great thing to read about!