Australian Marine Parks

Science has formed the basis for establishing Australian Marine Parks and will remain key to successfully managing them.

We welcome your help to provide necessary scientific knowledge and understanding of marine park values, pressures, and adequacy of responses for effective management.

Our marine science program improves our understanding of marine systems, habitats, ecosystems and values.

This includes the impacts and benefits of fishing, tourism, oil and gas, as well as revealing new wonders about habitats, species, biological communities and taxonomy.

We actively monitor and research the effectiveness of our management arrangements and how people use these amazing places.

Science happening now

Investigator voyage.

Scientists go deep to study unique life on marine mountains

Our intrepid voyagers have been busy sorting beam trawl samples from within Huon Marine Park and observing shy albatross – working alongside our CSIRO and Marine Biodiversity Hub colleagues on the RV Investigator.

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Australian Marine Parks Science Atlas

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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Coral Sea Marine Park – Reef health project

Parks Australia and researchers from James Cook University recently completed their second voyage to the Coral Sea Marine Park and will soon be embarking on a third to survey coral and fish communities as part of a three-year research program on the growth and health of corals.

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Scientific publications

Please check out our Australian Marine Parks scientific publications, a growing collection of:

  • reports
  • journal articles
  • multimedia
  • posters
  • other publications.

Exploring these resources is a great way to find out more about our parks.

Some items listed may be restricted due to publisher copyright conditions.

Citizen science

Citizen science is great way for community members to get involved in exploring our marine parks.  

If you have an idea for a citizen science program you want to run, let us know.  Reef Life Survey is one such program revealing the hidden treasures in our parks.

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