Thursday 14 September 2023
A pilot study exploring recycling pathways for ghost nets in the Gulf of Carpentaria is now complete.
Wednesday 9 August 2023
Australian Marine Park Advisory Committees (AMPACs) were established in 2019 to advise the Director of National Parks on the management of Australian Marine Parks. We are inviting expressions of interest for new membership under an updated Terms of Reference.
Friday 28 July 2023
The Australian Government has launched the fourth round of Our Marine Parks Grants program, with $8.6 million available for organisations to take an active role in supporting the management of Australia’s 3.82 million km2 network of Australian Marine Parks.
Consultation opens on management plans for Christmas Island Marine Park and Cocos (Keeling) Islands Marine Park
Thursday 6 July 2023
The Director of National Parks is inviting public comments on management plans for Christmas Island Marine Park and Cocos (Keeling) Islands Marine Park.
Saturday 1 July 2023
The Macquarie Island Marine Park is one of 14 marine parks under the South-east Marine Parks Network. From 1 July 2023, the marine park will be managed under transitional management arrangements until a new management plan is prepared for the South-east Parks Network.
Saturday 1 July 2023
Approvals and determinations have been issued in line with the transitional management arrangements for activities in Macquarie Island Marine Park.
Tuesday 27 June 2023
We’re seeking advisory committee members who can contribute to outcomes under one or more of our management programs.
Wednesday 24 May 2023
Eleven new ghost net grant projects worth over $3 million are being funded by the Australian Government to help detect, remove or dispose of marine debris in northern Australia.
Consultation opens on the review of the South-east Marine Parks Network Management Plan and the proposal to expand Macquarie Island Marine Park
Monday 20 March 2023
Parks Australia is inviting comments from the public on the notice of intent to prepare a new management plan for the South-east Marine Parks Network, as well as the proposed expansion of Macquarie Island Marine Park.
Thursday 2 March 2023
An exciting new partnership between Parks Australia and the Minderoo Foundation announced today has the potential to transform how we monitor the health of Australian Marine Parks.
Tuesday 28 February 2023
The Director of National Parks is introducing new conditions of use for visitors to Norfolk Marine Park in a bid to improve the marine health of three popular bays.
Monday 27 February 2023
Parks Australia is inviting comments from the commercial fishing industry on a proposed new requirement for vessel monitoring systems in Australian Marine Parks.
Wednesday 1 February 2023
Uncrewed marine vessels known as Bluebottles are taking to the waters of Two Rocks and Jurien Marine Parks as the latest compliance measure being trialled in Australian Marine Parks.
Tuesday 22 November 2022
Tuesday 8 November 2022
Deep-sea viperfish, goosefish, blind lobsters and headless chicken monsters – these are just some of the mysterious marine creatures that students encountered in the depths of the wild, remote Indian Ocean.
Friday 7 October 2022
From around 13 to 17 October a large high tech looking ship will be visible around Cocos.
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.
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.
Friday 10 December 2021
A needs analysis and feasibility study funded as part of the Ghost Nets Initiative is now complete.
Tuesday 7 December 2021
Researchers have completed the aerial surveying component of a mapping project of Norfolk Island’s deep blue.
Tuesday 26 October 2021
Norfolk Island Regional Council (NIRC) employees removed a discarded fishing net from near Crystal Pool off the coast of Norfolk Island earlier this month.
Wednesday 13 October 2021
The Australian Government’s Electronic and Vessel Monitoring Systems Assistance Program grants round is now open.
Tuesday 5 October 2021
The Australian Government is proposing the proclamation of two new Indian Ocean Territory Marine Parks to protect ecosystems across 744,000 square kilometres around Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
Tuesday 28 September 2021
The Traditional Owners and sea rangers of the Thamarrurr region of Australia’s Northern Territory are key partners in a collaborative project to monitor the health of sea country in the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf Marine Park.
Monday 20 September 2021
In a first of its kind for this remote marine park, scientists have completed one of the most comprehensive ‘health checks’ of Ashmore Reef’s ecosystems.
Friday 10 September 2021
Since early 2020, Parks Australia has worked with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) to monitor reef health in Emily and Slaughter Bay. SIMS’ first survey, in March 2020, was timed to provide a baseline of coral health before a predicted marine heatwave and coral bleaching event.
Monday 16 August 2021
Scientists have captured unprecedented detail and imagery of the underwater landscape beneath the waves off Norfolk Island through the Norfolk Island Nearshore and Coastal Habitat Mapping project, which is funded through Parks Australia and the Australian Government’s, Our Marine Parks Grants Program.
Monday 19 July 2021
Parks Australia is funding two exciting Our Marine Parks Grants programs for habitat mapping in Norfolk Marine Park. Together, these eagerly anticipated projects will, for the first time, give us a detailed and current understanding of the underwater ecosystems surrounding Norfolk Island.
Wednesday 7 July 2021
An historic 45-day voyage to discover new species and map marine ecosystems across Australia’s Indian Ocean Territories set sail from Darwin on Wednesday 30 June. CSIRO research vessel, the RV Investigator, of which Parks Australia is a key partner will lead a team of scientists to map unexplored underwater regions to extend our knowledge of marine ecosystems.
Friday 23 April 2021
The Australian Government has announced a $39.9 million investment in Australian Marine Park partnerships as part of a broader $100 million Ocean Leadership package.
Friday 11 December 2020
Over twenty innovative and inspiring projects receive funding under the second round of the Our Marine Parks Grants Program.
Friday 30 October 2020
Over the last 12 years a vast dataset of seabed marine imagery has been collected by the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS)’s autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Parks Australia is now working with researchers to unpack the secrets collected over the years and to better understand the biodiversity in Australian Marine Parks in the South-east Network.
Thursday 13 August 2020
Last month, researchers from the University of Western Australia (UWA) took advantage of easing COVID restrictions to head out into South-west Corner Marine Park and drop some baited underwater cameras. The team were rewarded with images of hidden cities of kelps, seagrass and sponge gardens, teeming with iconic local species such as dhufish and pink snapper.
Friday 27 March 2020
The Federal Court has fined the company and skipper of a vessel caught fishing illegally within the National Park Zone at Flinders Marine Park.
Monday 24 February 2020
The Schmidt Ocean Institute research vessel Falkor has been deployed to the Bremer and Perth Canyon Marine Parks to explore some of the deepest areas of these parks for the very first time.
Friday 21 February 2020
Scientists have captured imagery of a newly discovered underwater landscape beneath the waves in Bass Strait, revealing a complex seabed of deep reefs that have been sustaining life for fish and other fauna for millennia.
Thursday 19 December 2019
Watch Meriam Traditional Owners from Mer Island share stories about their connections with the reefs in the Coral Sea Marine Park and the importance of Sea Country to the community.
Tuesday 10 December 2019
Parks Australia and the Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation have taken an important step towards strengthening management of sea country in the Kimberley region with the signing of a partnership agreement.
Wednesday 16 October 2019
Suspicious or illegal activity in Australian Marine Parks can now be reported through a new hotline number – 1800 852 975.
Tuesday 13 August 2019
We’ve recently collaborated with the Worimi People, artist Melissa Lilley and New South Wales Department of Primary Industries to celebrate important cultural connections with Sea Country near Port Stephens, including Hunter Marine Park.
Tuesday 13 August 2019
A research team from CSIRO and The University of Western Australia are heading off to Ningaloo Marine Park today to take a peek at deep-water fish communities and continental shelf habitats.
Monday 24 June 2019
Around the country, six new regional Australian Marine Park advisory committees recently came together for the first time. These committees will play an important role in supporting the management of Australian Marine Parks, a network of 58 marine parks that help protect Australia’s offshore marine environment.
Fisheries assistance – Our Marine Parks Grants awarded to strengthen Australian Marine Park management
Friday 5 April 2019
The first round of Our Marine Parks Grants have been awarded to fund eight organisations to deliver 12 projects that will improve the long-term sustainability of fishing in ways that support the objectives of Australian Marine Parks.
Wednesday 20 March 2019
The Fishing Business Assistance Grants are now open for acceptance by eligible commercial fishers. Applications close on Tuesday 7 May 2019.
Friday 22 February 2019
Last weekend occupants of three local vessels were found to be illegally fishing inside the Cod Grounds Marine Park, nine kilometres off the coast of Laurieton. This marine park is one of 58 Australian Marine Parks managed by Parks Australia to protect Australia’s offshore marine environment.
Thursday 14 February 2019
The first round of Our Marine Parks Grants is now open to applications from invited fishing sector organisations. Applications close on Tuesday 12 March 2019.
Friday 14 December 2018
The Director has released the ‘Fishing Business Assistance Grants – Consultation Report’, which details the Director’s consideration of comments received from the fishing industry on the Fishing Business Assistance program.
Tuesday 4 December 2018
The most extensive reef survey of the Coral Sea Marine Park ever undertaken will continue this week as scientists from ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University (Coral CoE) and Parks Australia staff set sail from Gladstone, Queensland.
Tuesday 20 November 2018
Parks Australia and the Australian Institute of Marine Science have launched the Australian Marine Parks Science Atlas, an online portal showcasing the remarkable scientific discoveries being made in our marine parks.
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