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Scientific evidence indicates that coral is especially vulnerable to mortality caused by sediment deposits and toxins. Coal is a carbonaceous material known to contain toxic sulphur compounds and heavy metals.
Because of the flooding of coal mines from heavy rains, polluted water is being specifically discharged into coastal waterways of Queensland, in some cases illegally, and will deposit onto the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
A very worrying trend is starting to embed itself into the Australian way of life, and the way we are governed by our elected representatives.
Recently the Federal Government and the Department under the guidance of the Hon. Peter Garrett MP has designated the Coral Sea as a Conservation Zone without consultation with anyone other than a couple of extreme conservation groups. This happened with a huge push from an overseas group called PEW based in the USA. PEW is extremely well funded and has had full rein of the halls in Canberra for the last couple of years pressuring Ministers and anyone else who will listen that a relatively untouched part of Australian waters needed zoning off and a no take zone created.
Without talking with fisheries representatives or anyone aligned with the boating or fishing industries the Government acted on their advice and has since made it a permit only area. The No take zoning is under review.
The concerning factor with this is the non alignment of this decision with the current East Coast Bioregional Planning Review which is reviewing the whole coastline from Cape York to Bermagui and beyond in one hit. This is from the 3nm (30m depth) mark out to the edge of Commonwealth waters and each of us should be very concerned and it has already been indicated more green no take zones are coming.
Where will the new zones be? We don’t know and the other issue is we don’t know if the State Government will use this as a vehicle for complimentary closures as they did in the Great Barrier Reef marine park zoning.
If you fish on the Eastern Seaboard, be concerned and get involved in discussions with your mates, with your family and with your local Politicians because they need to know that any shutdown without any scientific merit is simply a vote grabbing exercise with the Green political preference machine.
Open your eyes people! Coral reefs of the coast of Australia are DYING! This HAS to stop, or Australia will have NO coral reefs anywhere!
Fish will die, so will turtles and dolphins and all the other marine wildlife that dwell in these beautiful places!
Please sign this. This petition is asking for greater federal protection, by law, of coral reefs.
Coral reefs are a vital part of the marine ecosystem and due to boats, global warming, pollution, and other causes, coral reefs are starting to die off. There is only one coral reef in all of America! I am lucky enough to observe this ecosystem [and not do damage to it] and i want my children and my grandchildren to be able to do the same instead of looking in books and at movies of what used to be a beautiful thing.
Also, if the coral reef is harmed then it hurts things as small as a clown fish to things as large as a blue whale. I hope you will sign this petition asking for greater coral reef protection.
I may only be 13 years old but it doesn't matter. I am a citizen who is passionate about this subject and this is what is right.
Recently, the Cape Coral High School administration has decided to remove the music department from the school.
The administration's reason for removing the program was becasue there weren't enough students signed up for the classes.
The music teacher and her students acted immediately, set up a table in the cafeteria, and got a considerable amount of students to sign up. There were at least 104 students signed up for classes such as guitar, piano/keyboard, musical theatre, drums, and the special education class.
Although they had less than two months to accomplish the task in recruiting more students, they achieved the goal.
The administration claims that there were only around 40 people who signed up.
Every student has the right to learn about different fields which interest them, and removing the music department from Cape Coral High School is denying at least 100 students from that right. Removing the music department would be just as unfair as telling the football players that there wasn't going to be any football next year, or telling painters that art class wouldn't be available to them anymore.
Would you like it if you were told that you were unable to participate in the classes that pertained to your hobbies or possible career? No, nobody would. Therefore, we ask the Cape Coral High School administration to change their decision, keeping the music department part of the school.