Australian Marine Parks

Aquaculture accounts for about one third of all seafood produced in Australia. Supporting sustainable aquaculture in our marine parks creates jobs in the aquaculture industry, makes a significant and positive contribution to regional development, and delivers delicious seafood to the plates of Australians.

Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic organisms including fish, molluscs, crustaceans and aquatic plants with some sort of intervention in the rearing process to enhance production, such as regular stocking, feeding and protection from predators.

Where is aquaculture allowed?

The management plans set out where commercial aquaculture is allowed in Australian Marine Parks. Aquaculture is allowed in the following zones:

  • Special Purpose Zones
  • Multiple Use Zones
  • Habitat Protection Zones.

For further information about the zones and rules in each marine park, check the factsheets on each regional network.

Do aquaculture activities need approval?

Yes, approval is required to undertake aquaculture in marine parks. Aquaculture facilities in marine parks require a licence.

A use fee may apply. This will be discussed with you once your application has been assessed. Contact us for more information. 

How can aquaculture operators get involved in marine park management?

Working together helps us to understand and protect our marine parks. Network advisory committees are just one way for aquaculture operators to be involved in marine park management. Other ways include:

We welcome your ideas on how you want to be involved.


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