Australians have a special connection with the ocean. Surfers, swimmers, sunbathers and sailors share our pristine beaches, rocky shores and spectacular coral reefs with an abundance of life, including marine turtles, seals, sea-lions, dolphins, whales and penguins.
Oceans are essential for life. Over half the oxygen we breathe is generated by them, and they absorb harmful carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Oceans are the number one source of protein for more than a billion people across the globe - Without a healthy marine environment, our security, our economy and our very survival are at risk.