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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:

Great Sandy Marine Park Zoning Plan Renewal

The renewed zoning plan for the Great Sandy Marine Park commenced on 1 September 2017.

The Marine Parks (Great Sandy) Zoning Plan 2017 ensures the continuation of the existing management arrangements for the Great Sandy Marine Park while a more comprehensive review is underway. No changes were made to marine park zones or boundaries.

Read about the zoning plan review process.

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.


Last updated
4 September 2017