The Australian Greens today expressed disappointment at the failure of the CCAMLR talks to establish the largest marine reserve on the planet and urged the Australian Government to continue their efforts in the talks in Germany next year.
"Just this week in a briefing to Parliamentarians CSIRO acknowledged the limited understanding of the biodiversity of marine ecosystems and that is on top of the threats proposed by climate change and more acidic oceans on the food chain" said Australian Greens leader Senator Christine Milne.
"Now is the time we should be expanding marine reserves and ensuring that key marine ecosystems are protected.
"The Ross Sea and east Antarctica is one of the most unique and pristine areas on the planet, we should be acting now to protect this area" said Senator Milne
"Nations eyeing off this area for fishing because they have overfished their waters should not be allowed to undermine this important conservation initiative. Global overfishing and climate change make it even more essential that areas such as the Ross Sea are protected" said Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Marine spokesperson.
"The Australian Greens support Australia's efforts to establish this important marine reserve and call on the Government to renew their efforts in talks in Germany next year" concluded Senator Siewert.
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