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Australia's marine life is globally significant, but under threat marine life under threat Pollution, over fishing, entanglement in nets and destruction of important habitat are just some of the many threats to Australia's remarkable marine life. If this continues, we risk joining the unprecedented global collapse of marine life where two-thirds of the world's coral reefs are dead or dying and 90% of the world's large fish have been fished-out. Australians claim the third largest area of ocean on Earth and have an international responsibility to conserve our oceans. The Commonwealth Government signed the United Nation's Convention on the Law of the Sea to manage the oceans surrounding our continent for both economic benefit and conservation. However, only four per cent of our 16.5 million square kilometres of oceans around Australia are protected, despite many of our marine species being found nowhere else. The south west waters of Australia are unprotected On the east coast of Australia, steps have been taken to protect areas of our marine environment, but in the south west the story is very different. Less than 1% of the 1.3 million square kilometer south west region is protected from threats. The Save Our Marine Life Collaboration is an unprecedented alliance of Australian and international conservation groups that have come together to seek the establishment of a network of large marine sanctuaries in the south west. Save Our Marine Life is using the latest scientific research to identify where these 'National Parks in the sea' should be established to protect vulnerable marine plants and animals from extinction and allow fish stocks to recover. There are numerous 'hotspots' in the south west where valuable fish and other marine species feed and breed.