The work so far…
Before drafting these 5 management plans, we considered comments from over 54,000 of your submissions.
We considered the recommendations from the Independent Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review, released in 2016, alongside the best available science, the expertise of traditional owners in managing sea country and experiences from those managing Australian and international marine parks.
We worked with land councils, traditional owners and Indigenous ranger groups to learn about the cultural values in our marine parks. This has led to a series of collaborative principles outlined within these draft plans, to support Indigenous management of marine parks over the decade.
We also worked with the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) to seek independent advice on how the proposed zoning would affect commercial fishers.
Comments on the draft plans were sought between 21 July and 20 September 2017. We are now considering your views in finalising these plans, for approval by the Minister for Environment and Energy.
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