How we manage marine parks
We look after our parks by carefully and thoughtfully applying a range of zones to different areas of our oceans.
Zones and rules
Zones set out what you can do in marine parks. There are three main types of zones – ‘green’, ‘yellow’ and ‘blue’.
- Green zones offer a high level of protection for conservation features like canyons, seamounts and reefs.
- Yellow zones support activities like fishing and diving, so long as the seafloor is not harmed.
- Blue zones allow a wider range of activities, supporting our sustainable commercial industries and the coastal communities that rely on them.
Active and adaptive
Parks Australia has prepared draft plans to manage 44 Australian Marine Parks for the next 10 years.
We’ve looked to some of the latest technologies to take an active and adaptive approach to our management. But we need your help to do it.
- Developing apps to bring your marine parks to you, from the central desert to the tropics, wherever you are.
- Citizen science. We’re all passionate about marine parks – help us manage them.
- Scientific experts, from programs like the National Environmental Science Programme, on voyages of discovery.
- We’re working with agencies such as the Australian Fisheries Management Authority to help commercial fishers do the right thing.
- We’re working with Australian Border Force to target illegal fishing, such as foreign vessels after our valuable beche-de-mer (sea cucumber) in the Coral Sea.
- We’re working with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, a world leader in responding to marine emergencies.
- To help us manage Commonwealth waters, we will work closely with those who already manage marine parks – like the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and our state and territory colleagues – and use their advice and experience to manage our oceans as a whole.
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