Australian Marine Parks

Australian Marine Parks (AMPs) are not just any ordinary parks, they are home to some of the most diverse and fascinating marine life in the world.

AMPs support a wide range of species, habitats, and ecosystems. That is why protecting them is so crucial.

To achieve this, Parks Australia is developing Science Plans and States of Knowledge to manage, understand and monitor these parks. These plans prioritise research and monitoring activities that help to better understand the marine ecosystems, species, and human activities within the parks. By regularly updating these plans based on new research findings and emerging issues, the management of the parks can be evidence-based and effective in addressing the challenges facing them. The purpose of a state of knowledge is to provide a high-level understanding of the values of each park and it helps to identify knowledge gaps as well as areas where more effective management is needed.

States of Knowledge

The state of knowledge for Australian Marine Parks (AMPs) refers to the current level of understanding and information available about the marine environments, ecosystems, species, and human activities in these areas. It includes a high-level summary of relevant scientific research, monitoring, and data collected on these marine parks to support their management, conservation, and sustainable use. It is intended to be a quick reference guide to understand the values, activities and pressures in the parks and provide guidance for future research directions and monitoring priorities.

The state of knowledge for AMPs can vary depending on the specific park and the level of research and monitoring that has been conducted in that area. For instance, some marine parks may have a high state of knowledge due to extensive research activities, while others may have a lower state of knowledge if less research has been conducted.

First Nations people have key knowledge and cultural obligations to care for Sea Country in and around Australian Marine Parks. These states of knowledge will be revised over time with additional information, including working with First Nations to understand priorities identified for Sea Country.

Understanding the state of knowledge for AMPs is important to inform their management and conservation. Regularly assessing and updating the state of knowledge helps to identify knowledge gaps and research priorities to ensure that management strategies are evidence-based and effective. By doing so, we can work towards protecting and conserving Australia’s unique marine ecosystems and biodiversity for future generations.

State of Knowledge summaries


State of knowledge summaries are still being developed for other marine parks.

Further information

Find out more about:

The Australian Marine Park Science Atlas