Add Passage Rocks to the Middle Island Green Zone
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Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Add Passage Rocks to the Middle Island Green Zone

    1. alister waller
    2. Petition by

      alister waller

      Yeppoon, Australia

Passage Rocks is a few hundred metres from the Middle Island Green Zone and should be included as a part of that zone for the following reasons:

Passage Rocks (Keppel Bay, QLD, Australia) has the 2nd highest coral diversity of the whole Keppel group (Jones et al. 2011).

Passage rocks reef is incredibly diverse despite only being 4.5 Ha. The site of the highest diversity, (Humpy island), is 68 Ha (and is on the opposite side of the island). Therefore it would seem that the Passage Rocks is very significant.

Passage rocks is a refugia for coral species not well represented in other parts of the Keppels - important given the stress to corals from flood plumes and agricultural runoff via the Fitzroy river and proposed Development.

A 250 berth marina development is proposed adjacent to Passage Rocks and the dredging & extra boat traffic required for the marina could harm the fragile ecosystem.

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Marine reserves provide baby bonus to fisheries

      alister waller
      Petition Organizer

      Marine reserves provide baby bonus to fisheries

      An international team of scientists has gathered the first conclusive evidence that marine reserves can help restock exploited fish populations on neighbouring reefs which are open to both commercial and recreational fishing.

      The groundbreaking study was carried out in the Keppel Island group on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef by researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS), in conjunction with other leading research institutions, and is reported in the latest issue of the journal Current Biology.

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    3. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Maria Klushina NEW YORK, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      The Great Barrier Reef is a treasure not only for Australia, but for the world.

      As we have seen repeatedly, coal and oil industries still have much to learn about safe operations. With so many clean alternatives it is shocking that we are still pushing for coal and oil. Save the reef, for us and our children.

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    • H B BURLINGTON, VT
      • over 1 year ago

      we need to save coral reefs Rocks to milddle the island green zone

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    • Ross Fisher AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Its our park for our family/

      kids/friends to have access to...not for developers to destroy the natuarl beauty and make profits from a selected minority....at the end of the day they go broke and leave it in dis-repair....look at Keppel today!!!

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    • David Russell GRACEMERE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      It will help to protect an irreplacable aspect of our environment

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    • Peter Finnigan AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Converting such ecologically important areas to the green zone will assist in counteracting the negative impacts on the environment of increased tourism.

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