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MEDIA RELEASE: Geelong Star Focus of National Super Trawler Day of Action

Thu 16 April 2015
Factory freezer trawler, the Geelong Star, arrived in Australia on 1 April and within three days it had been approved to go fishing, despite persistent opposition from conservationists, recreational fishers, tourism organisations and people across the country. This weekend hundreds of people are joining events in a National Day of Action across the country to call on Prime Minister Abbott to stop the Geelong Star and other super trawlers from threatening our unique marine life and valuable fisheries.

Messages in a bottle to call for greater protection of global icon on World Heritage Day

Thu 16 April 2015
Communities across Australia will come together on World Heritage Day this Saturday to send a ‘message in a bottle’ to Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt asking him for greater protection of our Great Barrier Reef.

Whale of a Fail: expert review rejects Japan's proposal for a new ‘scientific’ whaling program

Tue 14 April 2015
The Government of Japan’s plans to restart their ‘scientific whaling’ program in the Antarctic have been dealt a major blow, according to the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS).

AMCS welcomes French Banks walking away from Adani’s Reef port expansion plans

Thu 9 April 2015
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has welcomed news that three French banks have announced they will not fund Adani’s Abbot Point port expansion, rail line and coal mine.

Media Release: Having an Easter Seafood Feast? Make it Sustainable!

Thu 2 April 2015
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is calling on seafood loving Australians to make a good choice on Good Friday and buy sustainable seafood.

Media Release: Bad News for Dolphins and Seals, Factory Trawler Arrives in Australia

Thu 2 April 2015
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) today voiced their fears over the impact the large freezer factory trawler the Dirk Dirk (also known as the Geelong Star) will have on Australia’s wildlife and fisheries.

Geelong Star: Arrival of 95m-long trawler reignites debate over environmental concerns

Thu 2 April 2015
The arrival of a 95-metre long fishing and freezer trawler in Western Australia has reignited debate over the environmental hazards large vessels pose to marine life.

Arrival of new trawler reignites fishing debate in southern Australian waters

Thu 2 April 2015
The arrival of a big fishing and freezer vessel in Western Australia looks set to reignite the environmental battle over trawler fishing.

AMCS lends its support to Traditional Owners wanting to protect upper Reef catchment from coal mining

Fri 27 March 2015
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) today welcomed the decision of the Wangan & Jagalingou people to oppose the development of the proposed Carmichael coal mine on their ancestral lands in the Galilee Basin.

Great Barrier Reef dredging report sparks fresh calls from Marine Conservation Society for dredge ban

Thu 26 March 2015
An environmental group has renewed its calls to ban dredging, after a report about its impacts on the Great Barrier Reef.

Stunning underwater images brought to the surface

Thu 26 March 2015
FOR Justin Bruhn, the best way to help save underwater treasures like the Great Barrier Reef is by immersing himself in his subject.

Stunning underwater images brought to the surface

Thu 26 March 2015
FOR Justin Bruhn, the best way to help save underwater treasures like the Great Barrier Reef is by immersing himself in his subject.

George Christensen told to ‘get his ducks lined up’

Thu 26 March 2015
Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen has come under fire about claims that the Caley Valley Wetlands are nothing more than a man-made duck pond.

Locals deliver message to PM

Thu 26 March 2015
LONG before Prime Minister Tony Abbott left Canberra for Hamilton Island on Saturday, rumours of his planned visit to the Whitsundays had reached the mainland.

New Dredging report validates concerns and need for dumping ban across entire Reef World Heritage Area

Thu 26 March 2015
A new technical report released today by the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences (AIMS) and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) on the impact of dredging and dumping in the Reef’s waters validates conservation groups’ concerns over the dangerous practice.

Foodie 101** The 101 on Sustainable Seafood

Tue 24 March 2015
If you’ve never understood the term “sustainable seafood”, now’s the time to learn. And don’t worry about not knowing before – we only learned about it last week.

Great Barrier Reef: Green groups say 2050 plan does nothing to address climate change

Sun 22 March 2015
Conservation groups are united in their criticism of the Reef 2050 plan which is designed to protect and save the Great Barrier Reef.

PM pledges $100m to keep Great Barrier Reef off UN’s ‘in danger’ list

Sun 22 March 2015
AN EXTRA $100 million has been tipped into a rescue package to halt damage to the Great Barrier Reef and remove it from the threat of the UN’s internationally embarrassing “in danger” listing.

Final Reef 2050 plan an improvement but still falls short for long-term protection for the Reef

Sat 21 March 2015
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has today expressed its disappointment that the Government’s 2050 Plan for the Great Barrier Reef does not go far enough and falls short of the mark to protect the Reef

Abbott promises $100m for the Great Barrier Reef

Sat 21 March 2015
UPDATE: AUSTRALIA'S Prime Minister Tony Abbott Is serious about protecting the Great Barrier Reef if his words today on Hamilton Island are to be believed.

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