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Urgent action needed to save Tassie’s East Coast reefs

The federal and state governments must take action to save Tasmania’s East Coast reefs.

 

“Our reefs are far too important to lose, but right now they are being devastated by urchin barrens and the rapidly warming waters of Tasmania’s East Coast,” Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim said.

 

“Tasmania’s East Coast is one of the world’s ocean warming hotspots, and the destruction of our reefs will have widespread impacts on species that rely on them and the wider marine environment.”

 

“A new report last week from IMAS stated that we have already lost 15% of our reefs. This is set to double in the next three years with an explosion of sea urchin numbers. Meanwhile, rock lobsters are down to 13% of original biomass.”

 

“For too long governments have put profits ahead of the environment and the public good.”

 

Tasmanian Greens MP Rosalie Woodruff said:

 

“This report shows the urgent crisis that is the state of the East Coast reefs. All Tasmanians need all levels of government to act urgently.”

 

“It’s past time for the government to take serious action to prevent climate change and any further loss of our reefs.”

 

“It’s great to see so many environmental groups standing together today to defend our reefs.”

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. MjF

    December 17, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Joke. Woodruff yet again identifies another “urgent crisis”.
    Rosemary and chicken make a good pair.

  2. TV Resident

    December 14, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    I don’t understand why, when the government is transporting an abundance of rock lobsters to the East Coast to prey on the destructive sea urchins, it simultaneously approves the opening up of the rock lobster fishing season in the area.

    Wouldn’t it make a whole lot more sense to close off the rock lobster season for a couple of years to allow these predators to help get rid of the urchins?

    But then again this government is just soooo stupid that it can’t work this process out for itself.

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