AFTER recently experiencing the beauty and wonder of life underwater, I think the proposed increased protection of the Coral Sea is definitely a move in the right direction.

Far too often, natural wonders are destroyed through overuse and/or overpopulation and in some cases, the damage is irreversible.

It's good to see some forward planning, instead of band-aid solutions after everything goes wrong.

I snorkelled the Great Barrier Reef with three of my daughters a few weeks ago, and I'd hate to think that the same opportunity could be lost if we didn't look after the environment.

It really was an amazing experience and one that I hope they will remember for many years to come.

While the Coral Sea is even more remote, it is still an important resource for many businesses.

Getting the balance right of allowing commercial entities to use the Coral Sea and protecting it from harm, is one that has many facets to it.

Just how do you measure how much use is not going to have an adverse affect on it?

Is it okay for it to be used during certain months of the year, or maybe there needs to be a limited number of commercial operators accessing the Coral Sea at the same time.

Fishing charter operators are claiming up to a third of their business could be impacted depending on the final make-up of the marine park in the Coral Sea.

Environmentalists are overjoyed that steps are being taken to safeguard the Coral Sea from damaging activities like bottom trawling, oil and gas exploration and seabed mining.

It might be naive of me to say, but surely there is enough of the Coral Sea to go around and for everyone to be happy?



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