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Media Release: Scientists fear severe coral bleaching return to the Great Barrier Reef - Government must rule out the reef-killing Adani mine

Mon 20 February 2017
Severe coral bleaching could return to the Great Barrier Reef in the next four weeks scientists warn, after new bleaching and unusually high ocean temperatures have been documented. Further warming is also expected, after recent extreme heatwaves which saw temperatures reach up to 47.6C in parts of Australia.

Media Release: Adani's shocking history of failure to comply with environmental law is evidence of Great Barrier Reef is at risk

Wed 15 February 2017
The Adani Group has a history of environmental destruction that could lead to irreversible damage to our Great Barrier Reef and disrupt local communities down the Reef coastline, the Australian Marine Conservation Society said today.

Media Release: Dolphins and seals in danger from pair trawling

Thu 9 February 2017
A lethal fishing method, banned in parts of the UK for over a decade due to dolphin deaths, could be allowed in Australian waters if permission is granted by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA). The deadline for public comment on this permit is this Friday 10th February.

Coal spill further evidence of export threat to Great Barrier Reef

Wed 8 February 2017
A large coal spillage discovered near the Great Barrier Reef will have devastating effects on marine life – a sadly unavoidable consequence of increased coal mines and export ports.

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.

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