Marine parks have been used to manage the marine environment around Australia since the 1980s, and they continue to bring great economic, social and biological benefits to regional communities.

Now in place in waters right around Australia, and in every State and Territory, marine parks are one of the most useful, cost-effective and valued scientific tools to manage human impacts on marine life – in particular, the impacts that fisheries management can’t manage directly.

This report looks into the role and benefits of marine parks for ocean conservation, communities and the economy.

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