cuttlefish copy 2 600x387Two CEED researchers have made a plea for a review of the Commonwealth marine protected areas around Australia to be more representative. Jennifer McGowan and Hugh Possingham have this week posted an editorial on the National Geographic blogsite pointing out Australia has a big opportunity to better conserve our marine natural heritage.

The researchers bemoan the fact that many people can’t see beyond the Great Barrier Reef when it comes to our magnificent marine biodiversity.

"Yes, the Great Barrier Reef is important, but let's not forget about protecting the rest of our marine estate," says McGowan. "As it happens, Australia's network of marine protected areas is currently under review so the time is right to make a stand."

Photo: A giant cuttlefish on Australia's Great Southern Reef. (Photo by XL Catlin Seaview Survey)