commonwealth marine reserves

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Protecting Parks Australia’s migratory waterbirds

Sooty terns, Ashmore Reef. Image: Department of the Environment and Energy Today in Singapore two of Australia’s important sites for migratory waterbirds, Ashmore Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve and Pulu Keeling National Park, received global recognition. Both sites, managed by Parks Australia, have been added to the East-Asian Australasian Flyway Partnership network. Launched in November 2006, this voluntary partnership between countries aims to protect migratory waterbirds, their habitat and the livelihoods of all the people who depend on them.

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Team-work cleans up Coral Sea

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oBlDv6Ot7Y Scientists, NGOs and Government staff went out to the Coral Sea to remove marine debris and look for new species. Follow their adventure in this inspiring video that shows the beauty of the landscape and its wildlife, and the hard work of the teams involved. Tanya, Parks Australia

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Sharing the mysteries of the deep

With the Freycinet Commonwealth Marine Reserve being so far off-shore, not many people get to go there. Even if they do,unless they are equipped to explore the depths all they will see… is sea. That’s why a new display at the Freycinet Visitor Centre is bringing the mysteries of the deep to both the locals, and the many tourists who visit the region. The display features a video about the science being conducted to better understand the amazing underwater features, and creatures of the 14 marine reserves in the south-east network.

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Helping protect endangered sharks

Southern Cross University has completed a limited study on behalf of Parks Australia in the Cod Grounds Commonwealth Marine Reserve to give us a better idea of how the reserve and management actions are contributing to protecting this important aggregation site for the east coast population of the critically endangered grey nurse shark. The reserve was first proclaimed in 2007 and is located in Commonwealth waters just south of Port Macquarie, NSW.

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Largest black cod has many tales to tell

Australia's population of black cod is found from southern Queensland to eastern Victoria as well as on offshore reefs and islands The largest black cod recorded on Australia’s east coast in recent years has been sighted in the Solitary Islands Marine Reserve, during fish counts for Parks Australia. Black cod are a slow-growing, long-lived species reaching 120cm at around 50 years. At 140cm, this guy is 20cm larger than commonly cited literature – and therefore believed to be well over half a century old!

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Swimming freely

Flatback and olive ridley turtles trapped in ghost net The marine turtles were rescued and released Swimming freely Several protected marine turtles have recently been rescued, and released alive, after becoming entangled in abandoned fishing nets. The nets were recovered from Commonwealth waters, including within the new Oceanic Shoals Commonwealth Marine Reserve north-west of Darwin, NT. The derelict nets, known as ghost nets, are a global problem and national priority under the Threat Abatement Plan for marine debris, not to mention a key emerging priority for the management of marine turtles.

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Virtual tour reveals what’s behind the blue curtain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4lpBCa8yD0 We’ve uploaded a virtual tour of the South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserves with tags like ‘robotic arm’, ‘basket work eels’, and ‘BRUV’. Why? They’re either part of the fascinating underwater world we’re working to protect, or ways we’re doing it. But we didn’t include ‘waffle cone’ because we didn’t want to confuse the chefs. The virtual tour includes video from across 300,000 sq km of Australia’s south-east waters - from deep sea expeditions to computer generated imagery of spectacular sea floor formations.

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