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Marine parks

Marine parks established over tidal lands and waters protect and conserve the values of the natural marine environment while allowing for its sustainable use. They protect habitats including mangrove wetlands, seagrass beds, mudflats, sandbanks, beaches, rocky outcrops and fringing reefs.

Park boundaries can be established over tidal lands and waters up to the highest astronomical tide. The parks include the subsoil below and airspace above their boundaries, and the plants and animals within them.

Australia's first marine park was established in 1937 at Green Island, with the second declared over Heron and Wistari reefs in 1974.

The three state marine parks in Queensland are:

Changes to the Lady Musgrave Reef site management arrangements

The Queensland Government, in conjunction with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, has amended the Lady Musgrave Reef site management arrangements to continue to provide protection of the reef's unique biodiversity, while providing opportunities for the use of and access of the site.

The Lady Musgrave Reef site management arrangements and further information on how the arrangements where developed, can be found at the GBRMPA webpage.

Recreational aircraft use in Moreton Bay Marine Park

Consultation has closed on a proposal to remove permit requirements for recreational aircraft use in Moreton Bay Marine Park.

Read about the proposal.

Enhanced access for authorised commercial whale watching operators within the Great Sandy and Moreton Bay Marine Parks

Changes have been made to the area restrictions on commercial whale watching within the Great Sandy and Moreton Bay Marine Parks.

Read about the proposed changes.

Changes to commercial bait netting in conservation park (yellow) zones in state marine parks

The Queensland Government has amended state marine park zoning plans to clarify provisions for commercial bait netting in conservation park (yellow) zones.

Read about the changes.

Fishing in marine parks

Fishing is prohibited in some marine park zones. Some marine parks are adjacent to terrestrial and island national parks and, depending on the zoning, fishing in these waters may also be prohibited.

Please contact your local QPWS office or consult the relevant zoning plan for information on fishing restrictions in these areas.

Legislation

The Marine Parks Act 2004 (PDF)* commenced on 31 August 2006, together with the Marine Parks Regulation 2006 (PDF)* and Marine Parks (Declaration) Regulation 2006 (PDF)*.

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Last updated
15 December 2015