A whale shark swimming in the depths off of Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia.
Big Fish in a Big Ocean A whale shark swimming in the depths off of Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia. © Alex Kydd/TNC Photo Contest 2019

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TNC welcomes Australian Government's $100 million initiative to protect oceans

  • Vanessa Billy
    Communications Manager
    The Nature Conservancy Australia
    Email: aumedia@tnc.org

The Nature Conservancy Australia (TNC) welcomes the Australian Government’s $100 million initiative to protect Australia’s oceans and coastal habitats. 

“We are at a pivotal point in time where large-scale protection of marine ecosystems can have a significant impact on the state of the world’s fisheries, ocean biodiversity and the protection of coastal communities,” said TNC Australia’s Managing Director Alison Rowe, “this is an important commitment towards Australia’s unique ocean and marine environment.”

“We welcome the Australian Government’s decision to invest in key areas such as marine protection and restoration, the expansion of Indigenous Protected Areas into Sea Country and the restoration of critical mangroves, saltmarsh and wetlands,” said TNC Australia’s Director of Conservation and Science Dr James Fitzsimons. 

The Nature Conservancy is leading Australia’s largest marine restoration initiative, which aims at bringing shellfish reef ecosystems back from the brink of extinction for the benefit of both people and nature. Early projects across southern and eastern Australia have showed enormous social, economic and environmental benefits from restoring reefs.

“Oceans and coastal wetlands play a key role in tackling climate change and TNC Australia has been working for many years on the conservation and restoration of marine and coastal ecosystems. We are excited to see the Australian Government recognise their importance too,” said Dr Fitzsimons.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organisation dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we focus on getting things done efficiently and with the greatest positive impact for conservation. We’re a trusted organisation working in more than 70 countries and territories around the world on innovative solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. To learn more about The Nature Conservancy in Australia, follow us on Facebook.