Citation Information: Allen Consulting Group; Report to the Conservation Council of Western Australia
Date: November 2009
Executive Summary: The Commonwealth Government of Australia is currently in the planning and early implementation stages of developing a representative system of marine protected areas in Commonwealth waters by 2012. The primary goal is to establish a comprehensive, adequate and representative system of protected areas that will contribute to the long term ecological viability of marine systems, maintain ecological processes and protect Australia’s marine biodiversity.
As part of this strategy, the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, in consultation with state and territory governments, is developing Marine Bioregional Plans for each of five regions. This focus of this report is on the South West Marine Region, for which a draft bioregional plan will shortly be released.
The Conservation Council of Western Australia has launched the ‘Save Our Marine Life’ campaign to ensure that conservation values are adequately considered as part of the planning process. The campaign is being supported by international and local conservation organisations, including The Nature Conservancy, WWF-Australia, the Pew Environment Group, Australian Conservation Foundation, The Wilderness Society, Conservation Council of South Australia, The Australian Marine Conservation Society, The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and Project Aware.
A variety of activities operate in the South West Marine Region, including commercial and recreational fishing, charter boat fishing, marine eco-tourism, shipping, petroleum exploration, defence, aquaculture shipping and ports. In some parts of the Region, competition for access to marine resources is intense.