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Media Release: QRC ad campaign dodges thorny issue of growing industrial threats to Great Barrier Reef

Tue 22 April 2014
The Queensland Resources Council’s advertising campaign being launched tomorrow is an extraordinary and arrogant response to the current and future health of the Great Barrier Reef – looking backwards in order to ignore the impacts of industrialisation, the fastest growing threat to the Reef.

MEDIA RELEASE: New research shows economic benefits to recreational fishers from marine park

Wed 16 April 2014
New research released this month by CSIRO and Queensland University of Technology shows that recreational fishers are actually benefiting from rezoning of Moreton Bay Marine Park – counter to initial claims from some lobby groups.

Media Release: Lack of Queensland environmental regulations threatens other industries and the Reef

Wed 16 April 2014
Queensland’s lax environmental assessment practices continue to present threats to the environment and the economy, causing fears for how major development on the Great Barrier Reef will be managed, said the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) today.

Huge gas project proposed for Abbot Point following coal terminal approval

Thu 10 April 2014
A huge liquefied natural gas export terminal is being planned for Abbot Point on the Queensland coast, coming just months after the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority approved plans to dump 3 million tonnes of dredge spoil in the sensitive region as part of coal export expansion.

QLD and NSW kill sharks too

Wed 9 April 2014
Everyone has been focusing on Western Australia's shark cull, but Queensland and New South Wales have been killing sharks for decades.
Western Australia might have started a drum line program this year, but Queensland started doing it in program 1962, with shark nets too.


Tue 8 April 2014
Hilton Worldwide has ceased all sales of shark fin in its hotels as of April 1, a decision that shows a growing trend towards more sustainable practises among big businesses.

Leading Australian musicians lend support for protection of the Great Barrier Reef

Mon 7 April 2014
Australian musical icons including John Butler, the Cat Empire and Missy Higgins have shown their support for the Great Barrier Reef by contributing to the Sounds for the Reef album.

Australia Boosts Whale Protection in the Southern Ocean Largest A-Class Marine Sanctuary In Australia’s Waters

Fri 4 April 2014
Australia has boosted protection for whales in the Southern Ocean by expanding the Heard and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve, creating the largest fully protected sanctuary in the country’s exclusive economic zone.

Creation of Australia’s largest marine sanctuary a win for rare whale species

Fri 4 April 2014
Expansion of the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve will help safeguard wildlife, say conservationists

Inadequate testing for toxic chemicals in Gladstone dredging highlights dangers for Abbot Point

Wed 2 April 2014
Media reports today that toxic marine pollutants may have been released into Gladstone Harbour due to inadequate testing by Gladstone Ports Corporation prior to dredging highlights the dangers of dredging and dumping in the Great Barrier Reef’s waters, according to the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS).

International Court of Justice in the Hague rules Japan’s whale hunt in Southern Ocean is not for scientific purposes as claimed

Tue 1 April 2014
TASMANIANS should proudly celebrate Australia’s international court victory against Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean, former Greens leader Bob Brown says. The UN’s top court, the International Court of Justice in The Hague, last night ruled Japan’s whale hunt in the Southern Ocean is not a scientific program as Tokyo has always claimed.

Another major investor recognises destruction of the Great Barrier Reef is bad for business

Tue 1 April 2014
One of the largest global coal investment groups, BlackRock, has told Bloomberg the risk from operating in the Great Barrier Reef is too high and has the reputation to damage a business’ social licence to operate[1], the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) said today.

COMMENT AVAILABLE: verdict on Australia v Japanese whaling case handed down tonight

Mon 31 March 2014
The outcome of Australia's legal bid to end Japanese Antarctic whaling will be announced tonight, Monday 31 March.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague will hand down their judgement on Australia's case that the hunt is not a scientific program, but is outlawed commercial whaling.

MEDIA RELEASE: International Court of Justice Harpoons Whalers

Mon 31 March 2014
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has welcomed today’s ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that Japan’s ‘scientific’ whaling program breaks international law and must be stopped.

Media Release: AMCS welcomes Senate Inquiry into Great Barrier Reef

Wed 26 March 2014
The Australian Marine Conservation Society has welcomed the Senate Inquiry into the impact of the Great Barrier Reef from state-owned mega ports.

Submissions on failed bund wall released

Tue 25 March 2014
CLAIMS of a series of problems in the environmental management of a dredging project in Gladstone harbour have been made in submissions to a panel reviewing the failure of a bund wall.

MEDIA RELEASE: Tourism operators and AMCS head to Canberra to call on govt to ban dumping in GBR marine park

Tue 25 March 2014
The Australian Marine Conservation Society and tourism operators are in Canberra today to call on the Federal Government to end dumping of dredge spoil in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

Amazing Whales – Evolution and survival opens tomorrow

Fri 21 March 2014
An all new exhibition designed and produced by the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, at the Australian National Maritime Museum this autumn will immerse visitors in the world of whales and highlight the importance of conservation to their future survival. Amazing Whales – Evolution and survival opens tomorrow and heralds the start of the museum’s Whale Season.

Irresponsible comments from Qld Resources Council out of touch with community expectations

Tue 18 March 2014
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has rejected as out of touch with community expectations, claims by Michael Roche of the Queensland Resources Council about the efforts of conservation groups to stop the mining industry from industrialising the coastline of the Great Barrier Reef.

Resort joins fight to save reef

Fri 14 March 2014
A luxury Port Douglas resort is throwing its support behind an environmental group's campaign to protect the Great Barrier Reef. Niramaya Villas and Spa have donated five nights accommodation at their retreat to the Australian Marine Conservation Society's [AMCS] Sea Guardian program, launched last week.

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