Australia's oceans are some of the richest and most diverse on our blue planet. Global studies have revealed that our northern oceans are some of the last remaining healthy tropical seas in the world. In our cool blue south, an incredible 80% of the marine species living in our temperate oceans occur nowhere else on Earth.
This means that if we lose them from our waters, they are lost from the world forever.
Australians love our whales, seals and sea turtles, but we might not all realise how close we came as a nation to losing them forever. Most of our marine mammals have suffered from historical hunting and over-exploitation. Much of our marine wildlife is now legally recognised as threatened, at risk from a range of impacts, including overfishing, pollution and climate change. Read on for more information about some of our campaigns to protect our precious threatened marine wildlife.
Australian sea lions
Southern bluefin tuna