Australian Marine Parks

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The Australian, state and territory governments have established marine parks around the country, covering 4.3 million square kilometres or 48 per cent of our oceans.

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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Pilot study on ghost net recycling pathways in Gulf of Carpentaria now complete

Thursday 14 September 2023

A pilot study exploring recycling pathways for ghost nets in the Gulf of Carpentaria is now complete.  

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Parks Australia invites expressions of interest for membership to our advisory committees.

Wednesday 9 August 2023

Australian Marine Park Advisory Committees (AMPACs) were established in 2019 to advise the Director of National Parks on the management of Australian Marine Parks. We are inviting expressions of interest for new membership under an updated Terms of Reference.

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Investing in the long-term health of Australian Marine Parks

Friday 28 July 2023

The Australian Government has launched the fourth round of Our Marine Parks Grants program, with $8.6 million available for organisations to take an active role in supporting the management of Australia’s 3.82 million km2 network of Australian Marine Parks.

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Consultation opens on management plans for Christmas Island Marine Park and Cocos (Keeling) Islands Marine Park

Thursday 6 July 2023

The Director of National Parks is inviting public comments on management plans for Christmas Island Marine Park and Cocos (Keeling) Islands Marine Park.

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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.