Friday – AKA – TGIF – Fri-Yay/Good News

Bigger than Texas: Huge New Marine Park Will Protect ‘Australia’s Galapagos’

Today’s Goodnews comes from the Good News Network.

Photo courtesy of Australian Parks / YouTube

Massive new marine parks will now protect and preserve the Australian oceans surrounding Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands—home to life found nowhere else on earth.

These two parks in the Indian Ocean will protect over 287,000 square miles of spectacular seascapes (744k square km), an area greater in size than Texas, and twice as large as the Great Barrier Reef.

Australian Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley called it a “globally significant contribution to marine conservation and a further demonstration of Australia’s leadership in ocean protection.”

“The region, which is often described as Australia’s Galapagos Islands, supports unique underwater reefs and rare aquatic species which act as a natural laboratory, helping us to understand more about the evolution of the oceans.”

60 Commonwealth marine parks around Australia are now protecting 45 percent of the island country’s territorial waters.

Officials wanted to ensure that island fishermen could maintain their sustainable local food source and way of life.

“The offshore parts of these parks will be placed under the highest level of protection, while the inshore areas important to island communities will continue to enable sustainable fishing to occur,” said Nola Marino, the Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories.

Gaze at the local wildlife in this beautiful video from Australian Parks

The government allocated $5.4 million to manage the marine parks—which are 99% offshore, and one percent inshore to support local fisheries.

The good news here is real action is being taken by the Australian government to protect its natural resources. Today’s JohnKu supports that activity. I hope you all have a super weekend.

Spend by John W. Howell © 2022

They always say that,

A penny saved is like earned . . .

 

80 comments

    1. Thank you, Annette.

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  1. Fantastic, John. Action rather than words. Have a wonderful day 💕🙂

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    1. You as well, Harmony. 😊

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  2. alexcraigie · · Reply

    This refreshingly good news!

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    1. It is. Good for the Aussies.

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  3. That is good news, John. Good for Australia.

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    1. I agree, Joan. Thanks. 😁

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  4. Wonderful news, John, especially in light of the terrible damage the Great Barrier Reef has experienced in recent years. That said, $5 million seems like a paltry sum to invest in such a treasure. Happy Friday!

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    1. I thought the same but figured that it was a start. Thanks, Lori.

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  5. What fabulous news, John. (There is no video link?) No matter. Every little bit done to save the earth is a good bit!
    Happy Friday!

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    1. I think it is there now. Thanks, Dale 🤗

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      1. Thank you. It was worth watching!

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  6. It’s wonderful to see a government protecting nature instead of exploiting it for corporate greed.

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  7. This is great news. Our oceans are in some trouble these days, and this is a wonderful step.

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    1. I think so too, Craig. Thanks

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  8. Great story and poem for this special day, John.

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    1. Thank you, Dan

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  9. I couldn’t find the video link, but this certainly is good news. It’s especially good that the fishing communities were considered, too.

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    1. Th link somehow dropped out. I put it back. Thanks, Linda

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      1. Oh! Lovely, indeed.

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      2. I have no idea what happened. 🙄

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  10. This is wonderful news. Thanks for sharing, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. 😊

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  11. An outstanding article for good news day, John. It is so pleasant to get away from the media of today!

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    1. I couldn’t find any Ukraine good news for sure.

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    1. What a heart warming story.

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  12. Another amazing good news story John.. thank you for sharing hugsxx

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    1. Thanks, Sally.

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  13. Great story, John! I hope the plan works very well for everyone!

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    1. I do too, Deborah. 😁

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  14. This makes my heart so happy!

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    1. Mine too, Teri. Thank you. 😊

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  15. Great news, John, and I love your JohnKu. Our earth needs saving more than ever.
    Happy Friday!

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    1. Thank you, Lauren

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  16. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    How extraordinary! This is wonderful news, John. And your haiku says it all — invest in the Earth. Bravo! 😊

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    1. Yes. Bound to get a payback. Thanks, Gwen

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  17. That’s very good news, John!

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    1. It is Pit. Have a great weekend.

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      1. You too!

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  18. Nice to hear some good news John. 🙂

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    1. Yes it is Marje. Thank you.

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  19. This is most definitely good news, John! Thank you for sharing. Have a great weekend!

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    1. You as well, Jan.

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  20. Thanks, John. It’s good to see governments trying to preserve natural wonders, investing in the earth. 🙂

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    1. I agree Tim. 😁

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  21. Perfect post for Earth Day, John — thank you for sharing this great story! Best to be proactive in taking care of our planet home, rather than rue the days we didn’t.

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    1. I agree, Debbie. I hope you have a super weekend.

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  22. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    I love hearing this and that the underworld beauty is bring protected.

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    1. Thanks, Denise.

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  23. Great good news for Earth Day! TGIF to you, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jo. TGIF to you as well

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  24. Happy Earth Day, John!
    This IS a very promising happening.
    Thank you! I look forward to something fab once a week, especially these days.
    You JohnKu rocks!

    May I add – A stitch in time saves nine.

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    1. A stitch in time is a good one. Thanks, Resa.

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  25. Fabulous!!! and Happy Earth Day – perfect for the day! Would love to visit those parks to snorkel!

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    1. I would too. Happy Earth Day, Noelle

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  26. What a fantastic FriYay post and JohnKu for Earth Day. A wonderful share, John!

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    1. Thank you, Mae. Earth Day is the perfect time for stories like this one. Have a super weekend.

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      1. You, too! 🙂

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  27. What a great accomplishment. I loved the video, John. A diver’s heaven. Thanks for sharing the good news. Yay for Australia.

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  28. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    This is how the government is supposed to work—helping to improve the overall quality of life for its people.

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    1. I agree, Pete. Thank you.

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  29. Always ready to read some good news like this!

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  30. That is terrific news. Good for them.

    I wish someone could figure out how to clean up all the garbage in the ocean.

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      1. Excellent! Thank you, John! That makes me glad.

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  31. Great post John. Nice to see governments taking heed and doing something for mother earth. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Debby. It is nice.

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