Australian Marine Parks

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Australia is surrounded by magnificent oceans and a marine environment that's the envy of the world.

Marine parks help conserve marine habitats and the marine species that live within and rely on these habitats.

Marine parks also provide places for people to watch wildlife, dive, and go boating, snorkelling and fishing. Importantly, they create jobs in industries like fishing and tourism, and provide us with food and energy.

That's why the Australian Government has established 62 marine parks around the country.

Latest marine parks news

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Grant round opens to stem ghost net tide

Monday 10 October 2022

Australia’s northern coastline is a hotspot for marine debris and abandoned fishing nets known as ‘ghost nets’.

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Coral sea marine debris clean-up

Island health checks uncover Coral Sea secrets

Tuesday 26 July 2022

A Parks Australia-led voyage to monitor island health in the Coral Sea Marine Park has uncovered a surprising array of marine species and recovered 10 cubic metres of marine debris.

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Boat on the ocean

Electronic and Vessel Monitoring Systems Assistance Program projects announced

Wednesday 23 March 2022

Seven state and Northern Territory fisheries management agencies have been offered grants to boost the use of electronic and vessel monitoring systems on commercial fishing vessels transiting or operating in Australian Marine Parks.

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Pink Handfish Seen for First Time in 22 Years

Thursday 23 December 2021

Parks Australia is unlocking the secrets of Tasmania’s deep with a surprise sighting of the very rare and threatened Pink Handfish (Brachiopsilus dianthus).

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Management plans set out how we manage our parks – protecting important marine habitats and species, while allowing people to use and enjoy these special places.

Find out more about how we will manage marine parks under these plans by clicking the links below.