Grants to tackle ghost nets and marine debris in Australia’s north
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.
$11m partnership a game-changer in monitoring ocean biodiversity
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.
New no-take rules at Emily, Slaughter and Cemetery Bay to support marine health
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.
Consultation opens on new requirement for vessel monitoring systems
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.
Proposal to expand Macquarie Island Marine Park
Thursday 23 February 2023
A proposal to increase the size of Macquarie Island Marine Park in the Southern Ocean has been announced by the Australian Government today.
Grants to protect Australia's newest marine parks
Thursday 2 February 2023
Bluebottles to sting illegal fishers 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.
Exploring new depths of the Gascoyne and Carnarvon Canyon Marine Parks
Tuesday 22 November 2022
Students and deep-sea scientists spy headless chicken monsters
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.
Grant round opens to stem ghost net tide
Monday 10 October 2022
Australia’s northern coastline is a hotspot for marine debris and abandoned fishing nets known as ‘ghost nets’.
Investigating deep sea-life in the Indian Ocean Territories
Friday 7 October 2022
From around 13 to 17 October a large high tech looking ship will be visible around Cocos.
Island health checks uncover Coral Sea secrets
Tuesday 26 July 2022
A Parks Australia-led voyage to monitor island health in the Coral Sea Marine Park has uncovered a surprising array of marine species and recovered 10 cubic metres of marine debris.
Electronic and Vessel Monitoring Systems Assistance Program projects announced
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.
Pink Handfish Seen for First Time in 22 Years
Thursday 23 December 2021
Parks Australia is unlocking the secrets of Tasmania’s deep with a surprise sighting of the very rare and threatened Pink Handfish (Brachiopsilus dianthus).
Inviting organisations to partner in marine discovery and restoration
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.
Finding solutions for ghost nets in northern Australia
Friday 10 December 2021
A needs analysis and feasibility study funded as part of the Ghost Nets Initiative is now complete.
Mapping Norfolk Island’s nearshore and coastal habitat
Tuesday 7 December 2021
Researchers have completed the aerial surveying component of a mapping project of Norfolk Island’s deep blue.
Norfolk Marine Park managers’ update - Ghost net removed from Norfolk Marine Park
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.
Our Marine Parks Grants - round three now open
Monday 25 October 2021
The third round of the Australian Government’s Our Marine Parks Grants Program is now open.
Fisheries Assistance – Electronic and Vessel Monitoring Systems Assistance Program grants now open
Wednesday 13 October 2021
The Australian Government’s Electronic and Vessel Monitoring Systems Assistance Program grants round is now open.
Draft proposal for Indian Ocean Territories Marine Parks released
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.
Indigenous rangers monitoring marine park health in Australia’s Top End
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.
Scientists complete first-ever Ashmore Reef health check
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.
Norfolk Marine Park managers’ update - Reporting on Emily and Slaughter Bay Reef health
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.
Norfolk Island seafloor mapping reveals deep reefs and diverse habitat
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.
Norfolk Marine Park habitat mapping projects
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.
Historic voyage of marine discovery sets sail to explore the Indian Ocean Territories
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.
Australia to expand Marine Parks
Wednesday 12 May 2021
The Australian Government has announced plans to establish Australian Marine Parks in the Indian Ocean Territories (IOTs), around Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
Ghost Nets Initiative launch
Monday 3 May 2021
The Australian Government has launched the Ghost Nets Initiative by making a $14.8 million investment in projects to directly address the challenge of ghost nets and marine debris littering northern Australian waters and beaches.
$39.9 million investment in Australian Marine Parks announced
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.
Exclusion zone at Middleton Reef
Monday 11 January 2021
Part of the northern-most National Park Zone of Lord Howe Marine Park, which includes Middleton Reef, has been closed following a report of a suspected unexploded ordnance (UXO).
Our Marine Parks Grants round two projects announced
Friday 11 December 2020
Over twenty innovative and inspiring projects receive funding under the second round of the Our Marine Parks Grants Program.
Looking into the past to drive the future
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.
Magnetic attraction at Rottnest Trench
Thursday 3 September 2020
Working collaboratively with recreational fishers in Western Australia to support marine park management.
The Ashmore adventures continue
Tuesday 1 September 2020
In July last year, we took you to the heart of the Timor Sea, tracking the adventures of an intrepid team of scientists that spent two weeks surveying the islands of Ashmore Reef Marine Park.
Thriving marine life captured on video in South-West Corner Marine Park
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.
Tough penalty for illegal fishing in Australian Marine Parks
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.
Keeping our marine parks ‘debris-free’
Tuesday 3 March 2020
Recently, Parks Australia staff travelled out to the Coral Sea Marine Park on a joint research voyage with scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University.
Deep exploration of Bremer and Perth Canyon Marine Parks
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.
Mapping study gives first glimpse of deep reefs beneath Bass Strait
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.
Our Marine Parks Grants now open
Thursday 23 January 2020
The second round of Our Marine Parks Grants is now open to applications from organisations and community groups.
Managing Sea Country in Australia’s Coral Sea Marine Park
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.
New collaboration strengthens management of sea country in the Kimberley Marine Park
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.
Protect your marine parks – Report illegal activity
Wednesday 16 October 2019
Suspicious or illegal activity in Australian Marine Parks can now be reported through a new hotline number – 1800 852 975.
Worimi Sea Country (Garuwa) Artworks
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.
Say cheese …. we’re off to film fish communities at Ningaloo 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.
New partnerships to strengthen management for Australia’s offshore marine environment
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.
Fisheries assistance – Fishing Business Assistance Grants now open
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.
Fishers caught fishing illegally in Cod Grounds Marine Park
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.
Fisheries assistance – Our Marine Parks Grants now open
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.
Fisheries Assistance and User Engagement Package
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.
Largest ever reef survey of the Coral Sea Marine Park underway
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.
Sharing marine park science through partnerships
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.
Diving into Australia's largest marine park
Friday 8 June 2018
Parks Australia managers and James Cook University researchers recently returned from a voyage to the Coral Sea Marine Park to gain a better understanding of the coral reef ecosystems.
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