Australian Marine Parks

Tuesday 21 August 2018

With five new management plans, covering 44 Australian Marine Parks, coming into effect an additional 2.3 million square kilometres of Australian waters are now actively managed for the first time.

The Australian Marine Park management arrangements strike the right balance between ensuring outstanding conservation outcomes and securing the future of Australia’s sustainable fishing and tourism industries.

To assist industries and communities transition to the new management arrangements, the Australian Government has announced an assistance package of $35 million.

The package will include:

  • direct assistance to affected commercial fishers with a recent history of fishing in Australian Marine Parks as they transition their businesses to the new operating environment
  • grants to help marine users and industries engage in marine park management, including a sub-component of up to $2 million for infrastructure to provide recreational and charter fishers, as well as other tourism operators, with secure moorings
  • support to encourage uptake of vessel monitoring systems.

The Director of National Parks has released a Position Paper that sets out more information on fishing business assistance.

Click here to find out more.