Media Release, Saturday, 27 November 2004

People power and science deliver right formula for Ningaloo

The Save Ningaloo Campaign today welcomed the Government’s decision to increase protection at Ningaloo Reef. The outcome goes a long way to fulfilling the aspirations of many tens of thousands of people who have called for better protection of Ningaloo.

Paul Gamblin, Save Ningaloo Campaign spokesperson, said, “By placing 34% of Ningaloo Reef in sanctuary zones, the Western Australian Government has heeded the call of the community and the advice of the world’s leading coral reef scientists.”

The new plan allows for recreational fishing in two thirds of the marine park while setting aside one third for the preservation of natural ecosystems.

“The vast majority of recreational fishers understand that Ningaloo needs reasonable levels of protection, and will support this move.”

“This plan has provided the Reef with an insurance policy against the serious threats facing coral reefs worldwide.”

“The increased sanctuary zones and funding for management are critical to protecting Ningaloo for future generations, and we commend the Government for these responsible steps.”

Note to editors: New stills and broadcast quality footage of Ningaloo corals and wildlife by Emmy Award winning cinematographer David Hannan are available from the Campaign.

Conservation Council of WA
Australian Marine Conservation Society
World Wildlife Fund

Media Contact: Paul Gamblin, Save Ningaloo campaign spokesperson,


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