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.

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Indian Ocean Territories Marine Parks declared

On 20 March 2022, the Minister for the Environment, Sussan Ley announced the declaration of new marine parks in Australia’s Indian Ocean Territories by the Governor-General.

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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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Inviting organisations to partner in marine discovery and restoration

Monday 20 December 2021

A new $15 million program launched by the Australian Government will drive partnerships in conservation, research and restoration in Australian Marine Parks. 

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A tiger shark captured on one of the Baited Remote Underwater Video Stations

Mapping Norfolk Island’s nearshore and coastal habitat

Tuesday 7 December 2021

Researchers have completed the aerial surveying component of a mapping project of Norfolk Island’s deep blue. 

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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.