Sea Shepherd’s flagship the M/Y Steve Irwin is arriving in Byron Bay this Friday July 27 as it takes the journey north to defend the Great Barrier Reef from threats posed by the Adani coal mine.
The question that is being asked is coal or coral? While any pre-school child already knows the answer to this simple question it appears our governments, both state and federal, continue to struggle.
The Steve Irwin now ‘has a new mission to stop the Adani coal mine,’ said Jeff Hansen, Managing Director, Sea Shepherd Australia.
‘Adani’s plans to send hundreds of massive coal ships right through the UNESCO Great Barrier Reef, will have a catastrophic impact on Australia’s whales that call the reef home, in terms of noise pollution and potential ship strike.
‘The Carmichael Adani coal mine; rail link and coal port, poses serious threats to Australia’s much loved natural Icon, the Great Barrier Reef. This natural world wonder is made up of thousands of reefs, hundreds of islands and over 600 types of corals. This World Heritage area is home to countless species of colourful fish, molluscs and starfish, plus endangered turtles, dolphins, whales and sharks. If we can not save the Great Barrier Reef, what can we save?’ stated Mr Hansen.
The Sea Shepherd will be holding a press conference at the Byron Lighthouse at 1pm with Greens MP Tamara Smith and Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson this Friday if you would like to hear more about their mission.