Largest No-Fishing Zone declared in Great Barrier Reef

Date: 1/8/2004

As of 1 July 2004 legislation has banned all types of extraction in one-third of the park, making it the largest fully protected stretch of ocean in the world. Traditionally most of the marine park was open to commercial fishermen, including trawlers – boats dragging nets across the bottom of the ocean, destroying whatever is in their path. The concept of roping off parts of the ocean to conserve resources is relatively new. Worldwide more than 12% of the land is protected compared to less than 1% of the ocean.

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