The latest version of this proposal is open for public comment and closes on Monday 10th September, 2012.
In general, for most areas the marine reserves proposal in its current form will provide little or no additional protection to marine life and environments than what already exists.
Many proposed reserves are in offshore waters well beyond the continental shelf.
Commonwealth waters begin 3 nautical miles out to sea, therefore there is no protection of coastal waters.
On the South coast of WA, aside from a few very limited reserves, the entire area extending from coastal waters to approx. 200km offshore, has been completely omitted from the marine reserves proposal.
This area includes the Albany Canyons region along the edge of the Continental Shelf, which is increasingly recognised to be highly significant to a large range of marine life.