Mark Parnell: The value of the cuttlefish and marine environment

South Australian Green party politician and former environmental lawyer, Mark Parnell MLC has snorkelled with the cuttlefish and is acutely aware of the mounting pressures proposed developments are placing on this unique wildlife phenomenon. The ‘death of a thousand cuts’ risk he describes here is very real, with proposals for BHP Billiton’s desalination plant, Deepak’s Technical Ammonium Nitrate plant (explosives), a deep sea port and further petrochemical facilities all hovering over the Point Lowly Peninsula. In his second video, Mark Parnell promotes a more appropriate evaluation of the giant cuttlefish aggregation and surrounding marine environment as a source of renewable and ongoing economic potential. Will Mark’s words fall on deaf ears in the South Australian parliament? What will it take to make the State Government listen to reason, and adequately protect this region and the iconic Giant Australian cuttlefish?

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Dan Monceaux is a South Australian documentary filmmaker and the director of Cuttlefish Country.

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