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Australian Government must act on Japanese Whaling

Mon 16 January 2017
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has called on the Australian government to step up action against Japan after shocking images emerged of a dead minke whale on the deck of the ship Nisshin Maru. Yesterday images were released of a whale killed within the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary by Japanese whalers, emerging just as Japanese Prime Minister Abe concluded a visit to Australia.

Premier Palaszczuk: End special treatment for Adani and protect the Reef and 69,000 tourism jobs

Tue 6 December 2016
Less than a week after reassuring the UN’s World Heritage Committee that it was doing all it could to protect the Great Barrier Reef, the Queensland Government will side with the interests of controversial mining company Adani over the future of our Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Australian Marine Conservation Society, Community Campaigner, Cherry Muddle is leading a delegation of Whitsunday tourism professionals.

Media Release: Killing Whales for 'Research' Just Got Harder

Fri 28 October 2016
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) today tightened its rules to stop nations bypassing the global ban on commercial whaling by claiming to be conducting ‘research’.

Great Barrier Reef corals still dying from record underwater heatwave - new study reveals

Thu 27 October 2016
New findings from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies show corals in the northern third of our Great Barrier Reef are continuing to die after record coral bleaching earlier this year.

Adani pressure turning Palaszczuk into Newman 2.0

Thu 27 October 2016
Adani and the mining lobby are pressuring the Palaszczuk Government to act like the Newman Government, says the Australian Marine Conservation Society in response to Adani’s latest advertising blitz today.

Media Release: No Sanctuary for Whales

Wed 26 October 2016
Pro-whaling nations have blocked plans to create a vast whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic. The Sanctuary failed in a vote at today’s International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Slovenia when whaling nations Japan, Iceland and Norway and the pro-whaling countries voted against the proposal.

Troubled Waters: New report exposes yet again poor condition of the Great Barrier Reef

Thu 20 October 2016
The Great Barrier Reef Report Card 2015 released today demonstrates yet again the poor condition of the Reef with an overall D rating. The Australian and Queensland governments need to do much more to improve water quality if our iconic Great Barrier Reef is going to have a healthy future.

Baird's Backflip on Shark Nets is Alarmist and Wrong

Thu 13 October 2016
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) firmly rejects the NSW Government’s moves to install shark nets in northern NSW beaches.

“Premier Baird’s backflip on whether to install shark nets in NSW beaches is alarmist and wrong,” said Darren Kindleysides, AMCS Director.


Mon 10 October 2016
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has today condemned Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her government’s decision to give special powers that will fast-track Adani’s Carmichael coal mine.

Reactionary slaughter of vulnerable shark species not the way forward.

Fri 30 September 2016
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has cautioned against knee-jerk reactions after a shark encounter off the northern NSW coast earlier this week and urged the NSW Government to continue exploring non-lethal safety measures instead.

Scientific Report on Reef’s slow recovery from Coral Bleaching Shows the Urgent need for Climate Action

Tue 20 September 2016
New images from northern Great Barrier Reef surveys that reveal long term damage from this year’s coral bleaching are deeply concerning and highlight the need for urgent climate action, said the Australian Marine Conservation Society today.


Mon 19 September 2016
The compensation agreed between the Federal Government and owners of the Shen Neng 1 for the clean-up from their oil spill on the Great Barrier Reef falls way short of the $141 million estimated by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park authority earlier this year.

Media: Slashing Renewable Energy Funding Risks the Great Barrier Reef

Tue 13 September 2016
The Turnbull Government has missed a prime opportunity to secure a better future for the Great Barrier Reef by slashing $500 million from renewable energy funding today.

International community agrees to better protect Earth’s oceans

Mon 12 September 2016
Efforts to protect the world’s oceans have received a boost as the world’s leading environmental summit, the IUCN World Conservation Congress, agreed to advance international action to create marine reserves, protect whales and respond to the escalating impacts of ocean warming. Over the weekend, the Members’ Assembly of the IUCN came to an end, adopting a suite of important motions to conserve the world’s oceans.

A bright future for the Reef relies on continued strong investment in renewable energy

Thu 8 September 2016
The announcement today of Australian Renewable Energy Agency funding for new large-scale solar plants demonstrates the vital importance of maintaining the agency’s capacity to support the growth of renewables that help protect the Reef, according to the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

Breaking News: International community condemns Japanese whaling - again

Wed 7 September 2016
The World Conservation Congress has just passed a motion condemning so-called ‘scientific’ whaling by the Government of Japan. The Member’s Assembly of the IUCN today formally adopted a motion calling on Japan to stop killing whales for research in the Southern Ocean and the North Pacific.

Media Release: Abbott Marine Network Review Exposes Australia's Oceans

Tue 6 September 2016
A promise to be science-based has been ignored in favour of commercial exploitation by the Abbott-led review of Australia’s network of marine sanctuaries, the Australian Marine Conservation Society said today.

Media Release: "The Greatest Hidden Challenge of our Generation"

Tue 6 September 2016
The most comprehensive analysis of ocean warming by the world’s leading conservation agency is a dire warning to the earth’s nations that our oceans are rapidly changing. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has released the results of a global study to review the effects of ocean warming, with truly staggering results.

BREAKING: Government shark contractor’s alleged illegal shark fin possession raises serious concerns

Wed 24 August 2016
Allegations have surfaced that fin and jaws of potentially endangered shark species have been found at the property of a Queensland Government shark control contractor in Southern Queensland.

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