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AMCS Welcomes VIC Government Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags

Wed 18 October 2017
The Victorian Government’s announcement today that they will ban single-use plastic shopping bags is welcome news for marine life says the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS).

MEDIA RELEASE: Federal Government chooses coal over coral in energy plan

Wed 18 October 2017
The Federal Government is choosing coal over coral with an energy plan that does nothing to help protect the Great Barrier Reef from its biggest threat: climate change.

LNP net free zone commitment welcomed

Thu 5 October 2017
WWF-Australia and the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) welcome the announcement that, if elected, an LNP government would retain Queensland’s net free zones.

Adani Can’t be Trusted with our Reef

Wed 4 October 2017
This week the ABC’s Four Corners Program focused their investigation on the corporate structure of the Adani Group, linking it to tax havens across the world and highlighting numerous environmental breaches associated with their operations.

MEDIA RELEASE: Health of our Reef put at risk by port expansion

Fri 29 September 2017
A proposal announced today by the Queensland government, to significantly expand the Port of Townsville, will put further pressure on our ailing Great Barrier Reef says the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS).

APPLY NOW: Campaigner training - the annual Felicity Whishart Program

Fri 22 September 2017
The late Felicity ‘Flic’ Wishart was an instrumental leader for the Australian environment movement. An immensely talented, passionate campaigner and communicator, Flic was also a trusted mentor for many young women.

MEDIA RELEASE: QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT MUST BAN GREAT BARRIER REEF TRANS-SHIPPING - OR BREAK ELECTION PROMISE

Fri 22 September 2017
In response to the draft consultation paper released today by the Queensland government on trans-shipping in the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has called on the government to fully implement its 2015 election commitment.

MEDIA RELEASE: COAL FOUND IN CALEY WETLANDS. ADANI CAN’T BE TRUSTED TO STOP POLLUTION

Wed 20 September 2017
Confirmation that nationally significant wetlands were polluted with coal from Adani’s Abbot Point terminal is further evidence the company cannot be trusted to protect our Great Barrier Reef, clean water and wildlife, leading Australian conservation groups have warned.

'Malcolm Turnbull has betrayed our oceans' - Tim Winton, AMCS Patron

Mon 18 September 2017
By Tim Winton, AMCS Patron: Five years ago I stood in the Mural Hall of Parliament House to speak at a bipartisan event hosted by MPs pushing for a national system of marine parks.

SMH: Spike in protected turtles hooked by fishing lines off Australia as government relaxes marine protections

Sat 16 September 2017
The number of protected turtles hooked by commercial fishers along Australia's east coast has jumped tenfold over the past five years, sparking fears for the fate of vulnerable ocean life as the Turnbull government moves to tear up marine sanctuary protections.

MEDIA RELEASE: ENDANGERED SEA LION GILLNET DEATHS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA SPARK COMMUNITY CONCERN

Thu 14 September 2017
Australians will be dismayed to hear that endangered Australian sea lions are still dying in South Australia due to dangerous gillnets, as the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) closes part of the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and shark Fishery after at least two reported deaths.

MEDIA RELEASE: WA PLASTIC BAG BAN IS FANTASTIC NEWS FOR OUR OCEANS

Tue 12 September 2017
The Western Australian Government’s announcement that single-use plastic shopping bags will be banned from mid 2018 is welcome news for marine life says the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS).

MEDIA RELEASE: QUEENSLAND BECOMES LEADER ON PLASTIC POLLUTION

Wed 6 September 2017
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) welcomes the Plastic Bag Ban and Container Refund Scheme Law which passed through Queensland’s Parliament last night.

MEDIA RELEASE: Queensland Liberal National Party’s Renewable Energy Policy is a Farce

Thu 31 August 2017
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) today labels the Liberal National Party of Queensland’s (LNP) Powering Renewable Energy policy a farce, with most of the statement dedicated to arguments against renewable energy.

MEDIA RELEASE: Adani challenges fine for pollution breach next to the Great Barrier Reef

Fri 25 August 2017
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) today expressed disbelief that the Adani company will challenge a $12,900 fine for breaching its pollution licence next to the Great Barrier Reef.

MEDIA RELEASE: ADANI’S FINE FOR REEF PORT POLLUTION PROVES THEY CANNOT BE TRUSTED WITH OUR GREAT BARRIER REEF

Fri 11 August 2017
The Queensland Government has today fined a company within the Adani Group for breaching pollution limits at the Port of Abbot Point. The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) says that today’s fine shows they cannot be trusted with our Great Barrier Reef.

MEDIA RELEASE: AUSTRALIA TRUMPS SCIENCE TO BECOME FIRST NATION TO CUT OCEAN PROTECTION

Fri 21 July 2017
Australia will trump even Donald Trump and become the first nation to cut protections of its ocean estate if it implements plans, released today, to expose vulnerable areas of the marine environment to industrial fishing exploitation, a national alliance of environment groups said.

MEDIA ALERT: QLD LNP needs fresh plans for Queenslanders beyond coal

Fri 14 July 2017
10am Saturday July 15 - Speakers and colourful action outside Qld LNP State Conference by key environmental groups including The Wilderness Society, the Australian Marine Conservation Society, GetUp, Australian Conservation Foundation and the Stop Adani movement highlighting the poor environmental policy of the LNP and the vibrant community in support of our environment.

Media Release: Proposal for 1 million cubic metres of dredging threatens vulnerable Great Barrier Reef

Thu 13 July 2017
The Environmental Impact Statement for the Ports North Cairns Shipping Development Project has been released, which would see 1 million cubic metres of dredging proposed for Trinity Inlet near Cairns. The Australian Marine Conservation Society has criticised the government for allowing the project to progress despite the Great Barrier Reef suffering back-to-back severe coral bleaching in the last two years.

MEDIA RELEASE: The World Heritage Committee's climate and corals decision puts the heat on Australia

Mon 10 July 2017
Krakow, Poland: UNESCO's World Heritage Committee today called for the most ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement yet to save the Great Barrier Reef and the 28 other World Heritage listed coral reefs.

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