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:
Have your say on new public moorings and reef protection markers in the Great Barrier Reef
The Queensland Government has announced additional funding for marine infrastructure in the Great Barrier Reef and is seeking your feedback to help prioritise locations for this infrastructure.
The new infrastructure will build upon an existing network of over 120 public moorings and 140 reef protection markers in place along the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). The Queensland Government is committed to expanding this network by installing an extra 100 public moorings and 150 reef protection markers over the next three years, including 10 new moorings recently delivered off the coast near Cairns.
Responses provided before 31 January 2017 will be used to inform and prioritise infrastructure in Keppel Bay and the Whitsundays in the 2016–17 financial year. Responses provided after 1 February 2017 will be used to prioritise projects for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years, focusing on the Capricorn Cays to Mackay area and Townsville to Lizard Island areas, respectively.
In assessing priorities, we are considering the following:
- the nature of the seabed (e.g. seagrass or coral coverage)
- the nature of recreational boating in the area
- the nature of commercial boating in the area (including tourism)
- the location of sites of cultural or historical significance
- distribution of infrastructure across the region
- ease of access for infrastructure maintenance
- costs and construction feasibility
Stakeholder and community input is a vital part of this project, so your feedback on this proposed marine infrastructure is important.
Rules change in Bowling Green Bay to help dugongs
The Queensland Government has extended the current netting restrictions in Bowling Green Bay to also cover intertidal areas (from low water to the high water mark). These changes complement Commonwealth Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority measures to protect dugongs.
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.
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.
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.
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.