With an estimated 5,000 new baby seal deaths every year, the Great Australia and New Zealand Barrier Reef has become a national crisis, with the death toll reaching a peak of nearly 1,000 in 2016.
The crisis has led to the closure of many of the country’s beaches, and also forced the cancellation of a major tourism event for the next two weeks.
“It’s an economic crisis for our tourism industry, it’s a social and economic crisis,” said one local woman who did not want to be named.
“We can’t just turn a blind eye to this.”
She said the closure had put a strain on the local community and caused significant social stress.
“I don’t want to put too much pressure on the public.
I want people to be aware that this is happening.
We are in a really tough situation,” she said.
The closure of some of the area’s beaches will likely be extended until June 6. “
Tourism is an integral part of the Australian economy, and if it goes, we lose everything.”
The closure of some of the area’s beaches will likely be extended until June 6.
A similar closure of the Mascot Reef in the Kimberley, which is home to the largest population of seal species in the world, was announced in April.
A group of marine scientists and activists have vowed to continue their protest in Sydney, where they hope to gather in front of Parliament and at the State Library on Monday to call for a national ban on seal hunts.
The group has been gathering since March, when a group of local fishermen launched a campaign calling for a nationwide ban on the use of seal products in Australia.
The Australian Marine Conservation Society said seal hunting was not a sustainable option for the reef, and urged the Government to do more to protect the species.
“There are many reasons why seal hunting is not sustainable, but there are two primary reasons,” said Dr Helen Mascott, the society’s national program manager.
“One is the economic and social costs of this.
“What we want is for this to be a national moratorium.” “
The organisation said it had collected 1,500 signatures for a petition to the Prime Minister and the Attorney-General calling for the ban on hunting. “
What we want is for this to be a national moratorium.”
The organisation said it had collected 1,500 signatures for a petition to the Prime Minister and the Attorney-General calling for the ban on hunting.
“This petition is an important first step in ensuring that this species is protected,” Dr Mascotte said.
“We hope to see the Government take action, and that action will include an end to seal hunting.”
The petition calls for the Government “to: (1) implement a national seal hunting moratorium on all seal products sold and marketed in Australia; (2) suspend all import permits for seal products from Australia until a comprehensive marine management plan is established to safeguard the reef and its species; (3) suspend import permits to all vessels, including commercial vessels and research vessels, until the moratorium is in place and implemented; (4) suspend permits to vessels carrying seal products; and (5) ensure that seal products are not used to hunt seals or seal-related species.
A ban on sealing in the Great Australian and New Guinea is also being considered by the Government, which has so far not indicated whether it will introduce a similar measure in other areas.