Updated: September 19, 2012
South Australia Marine
Marine Sanctuaries – Great for our State.
South Australia's coastal waters are unique, beautiful and an important part of our shared future.
In the modern world the reality is that our oceans face an increasing range of threats. Scientists agree that one of the key actions we can take to protect our marine environment is to put in place Marine Sanctuary areas, the ocean equivalent of a national park. Currently less than 1% of the SA marine environment is protected in Marine Sanctuaries.
South Australia Marine Updates
- Kangaroo Island offshore drilling proposal update - April 18, 2013
- Kangaroo Island seismic testing declared a ‘controlled action’ - January 16, 2013
- Kangaroo Island canyons and upwelling - too precious to risk - December 19, 2012
- It's official: South Australia's new Sanctuaries - November 28, 2012
The Kangaroo Island canyons and upwelling is too precious to risk, yet company Bight Petroleum are proposing seismic testing and drilling for oil and gas in this biodiversity hotspot and whale feeding/aggregation area. Your chance to show support! – Adelaide and Kangaroo Island ‘Hands Across The Sand’ Events, 18th May 2013.
Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has put the brakes on two seismic testing projects in environmentally significant marine areas.
South Australia’s marine environment is truly spectacular, but one of the most important areas for our marine life is seriously under threat. The waters off western Kangaroo Island are currently at risk from proposed seismic testing and drilling by oil and gas company Bight Petroleum.
The Wilderness Society congratulates South Australia's Weatherill Government for protecting some of the state’s iconic and important marine areas in Sanctuaries.