Caspar Henderson over at Coral Bones has been blogging a story that I had previously missed: WWF Australia is calling for the entire Coral Sea region to be declared a marine protected area (read more: ‘Plunder or protect’)
From The Age newspaper:
The campaign to create the world’s largest marine park, to be launched today by the conservation organisation WWF, aims to protect the abundant shark populations and marine diversity of the Coral Sea, which comprises 780,000 square kilometres bordering the Great Barrier Reef.
The area, a new global diving hot-spot now worth more than $11 million a year in tourism, is under threat due to pollution and illegal fishing to satisfy the market for shark fin. (Link)