Around noon, overhead sunlight breaks through the teal surf of the Great Australian Bight off the mainland's southern coast. A cluster of sea lions weaves through the marine greenery, likely searching for a lunch of southern bluefin tuna. Years of heavy fishing have decreased the amount of prey available to the sea lions in recent years, though a growing coalition of conservation groups, industry representatives, and governments is working to restore ocean habitats through creation of marine protected areas, science-based catch management, new technologies, and other practices. PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID DOUBILET, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE.
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