Australian Marine Parks

Parks Australia has a strong partnership with the National Environmental Science Program (NESP), a commitment by the Australian Government to environment and climate research.

The program

Much of the NESP’s Australian Marine Parks specific research is undertaken by the NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub, a national-scale marine research collaboration administered by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS).

The research partners in this hub are: 

  • the Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Geoscience Australia
  • Museum Victoria
  • New South Wales (NSW) Department of Primary Industries
  • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
  • University of Western Australia
  • Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS)
  • IMAS University of Tasmania. 

Marine Biodiversity Hub

The hub, along with other research institutions that partner with Parks Australia, are contributing towards key outcomes for Australian Marine Parks, including by 2021:

  • an agreed approach for monitoring and reporting to support implementation and review of Australian Marine Park network management plans, including a list of survey and pressure priorities that will have been in use for at least two years and reviewed in the final year
  • scientifically derived social and economic research and data, including Indigenous perspectives, will be used to inform decision making for managing Australian Marine Parks networks.

Key planned projects include:

  • collation and visualisation of existing data relevant to marine parks
  • assessment of pressures in Australian Marine Parks
  • developing national standards for marine biodiversity surveys and implementing these approaches as part of a national project to establish scientific baselines
  • monitoring in Australian Marine Parks.

New baseline data for many previously un-sampled regions of the marine parks is being provided to systematically fill gaps in our knowledge, and assist Parks Australia in managing these parks.

Remote vehicles

An autonomous underwater vehicle is a robot which travels underwater without requiring input from an operator.

Autonomous underwater vehicles constitute part of group of undersea systems known as unmanned underwater vehicles, a classification that includes non-autonomous remotely operated underwater vehicle.

Remotely operated underwater vehicles are controlled and powered from the surface by an operator/pilot via an umbilical or using remote control.

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