Conservation groups are far from pleased with draft sanctuaries for northern Australian waters.
Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke released the details today, saying the ocean's fragile marine life deserve protection. A proposed network of reserves covers global refuges for turtles, dugongs and sawfish as well as the world's largest breeding and feeding ground for whale sharks.
It also aims to protect the breeding ground where each year more than 10,000 humpback whales migrate to mate and give birth in the waters off the Kimberley. The proposed networks of marine reserves are in commonwealth waters which start 5.5km off the coast.