We are all connected by our oceans.
Australia is surrounded by breathtaking coastlines and oceans that are home to a magnificent array of marine wildlife. Not only that, but our seas give us life. They provide oxygen and food and allow us to explore an underwater world of natural beauty.
But all of that is increasingly under threat. Plastic is littering our coasts and polluting our oceans. Climate change is disrupting many critical oceanic processes. Unsustainable fishing practices are pushing vulnerable wildlife to the brink. And Australia’s Marine Park network doesn’t yet provide the protection our oceans need to safeguard their future.
But there is hope.
WWF is passionate about building better protections for our oceans. We all have a vital role to play, and our vision is to help Australia become a global leader in protecting oceans and species that sustain ecosystems and communities in Australia and our region.
You can help protect our oceans by reducing your use of plastics, supporting our campaigns to safeguard critical whale superhighways and rebuilding our marine protected areas.
Together, we can make a positive change for our oceans.
Our island continent borders three mighty oceans - the Pacific, the Indian, and the Southern - and includes the world’s third-largest marine territory.
Australia's oceans are among the most diverse in the world and many marine habitats still remain unexplored. On record, 33,000 marine species have been identified in Australia’s oceans with estimates that there could be as many as 250,000–500,000.
With around 85% of Australians living within 50 kilometres of the coast, it’s fair to say that oceans are part of who we are, but so often we take them for granted.
Our vision is to help Australia become a global leader in protecting oceans and species that sustain ecosystems and communities.
We are rallying our region to safeguard our oceans and livelihoods, create safe passages for marine wildlife and support coastal communities.
Find out how we will aim to achieve through our Regenerative Saltwater strategy below.