Australian Marine Parks

Our approach to marine park management is based on decades of science and planning, and consultation with Australians.

In working out the zones and rules for our marine parks, as set out in the management plans, we considered ideas and comments provided by people like you. This included more than 130,000 submissions we received while preparing the management plans.

We also considered recommendations from the Independent Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review, released in 2016, alongside the best available science and the experiences of 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.

We also worked with the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) to understand how the zoning and rules would affect commercial fishers.

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