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Media Release
Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

2 December 2004

Australia/United States alliance forged for reef protection


The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, announced today an historic alliance between Australia and the United States to protect coral reefs.

Senator Campbell said United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the State of Florida to improve coral reef resilience.

"Both Australia and the United States are at the cutting edge of coral reef management and science," he said. "This Australia/United States reef management partnership will enhance the already strong commitment that both countries have to improving the health and resilience of coral reefs throughout the world.

"Resilience is the natural ability of corals to survive and recover from stresses in the natural environment. The Australian Government has demonstrated its commitment to protecting the Great Barrier Reef. Today we are extending that commitment internationally.

"It's really an insurance policy for future generations. When it comes to sound policies to protect our natural treasures, Australia is seen as a world leader. Now we're able to take that expertise and work with friends to protect coral reefs into the future."

"The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are regarded as world' best practice in marine protection management, and I look forward to working with Governor Jeb Bush and his team on this exciting initiative". Senator Campbell said.

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