Australian Marine Conservation Society: Protecting Australia’s Ocean Wildlife Since 1965
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is the voice for Australia’s ocean wildlife. We are an independent charity, staffed by a committed group of professional and passionate scientists, educators and advocates who have defended Australia’s oceans for 50 years. Our paid and volunteer staff work every day on behalf of the community to protect our ocean wildlife.
AMCS works on the big issues concerning the sea. Our key focus is to create large marine national parks (marine sanctuaries), make our fisheries sustainable and protect and recover our threatened ocean wildlife, such as our sharks, seals and whales.
We also work to protect our precious coasts from inappropriate development, such as is occurring right now along the Great Barrier Reef. A key component in all of our campaigns is to give our oceans the best chance of resilience against climate change impacts. If we can keep our oceans in the healthiest and most natural state, without pressures from over fishing and pollution, then they will have increased ability to cope with these changes.
As part of this focus, we work to improve water quality and reduce pollution and marine debris, which entangles, chokes and smothers our marine life and habitats. If you want to help ensure Australia’s coasts and oceans remain healthy and free for tomorrow’s generations, join us today.
Australia’s oceans contain the richest, most diverse life on Earth. We have the third largest marine territory (behind the United States and France), and our continent borders three mighty oceans – the Pacific, Indian and Southern Ocean.
Such global significance brings a global responsibility. We have a privilege and a duty to manage our oceans wisely and with the future in mind. Our island nation has lost so much already, but in 50 years since our inception, AMCS has made great gains to preserve what we have and recover what we’ve lost.