- Marine park
- See also Marine protected areas and Marine reserve as many areas called parks are wholly or partly marine conservation reserves.
A marine park is a park consisting of an area of sea (or lake) sometimes protected for recreational use, but more often set aside to preserve a specific habitat and ensure the ecosystem is sustained for the organisms that exist there. Most marine parks are designated by governments, and organized like 'watery' national parks.
Although for many uses it is sufficient to designate the boundaries of the marine park and to inform commercial fishing boats and other maritime enterprises, some parks have gone to additional effort to make their wonders accessible to visitors. These can range from glass-bottomed boats and small submarines, to windowed undersea tubes.
In New South Wales, there are planned marine parks which will stretch along the coastline of the entire state.
Marine parks around the globe
- Allan H. Treman State Marine Park, United States
- Cabo Pulmo National Park, Mexico 
- Fathom Five National Marine Park, Canada
- Fort Jefferson National Monument, United States
- Half Moon Caye Natural Monument, Belize
- Hol Chan Reserve, Belize
- John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, United States
- Montego Bay Marine Park, Jamaica
- Pedra da Risca do Meio State Marine Park, Brazil
- Saba Marine Park, Saba
- Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, United States
- Marine National Park, Gulf of Kachchh, India
- Marine parks in Hong Kong:
- Cape D'Aguilar Marine Reserve
- Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park
- Sha Chau and Lung Kwu Chau Marine Park
- Tung Ping Chau Marine Park
- Yan Chau Tong Marine Park
- Karimunjawa National Park, Java
- Kepulauan Seribu National Park, Java
- Komodo National Park, Nusa Tenggara
- Bunaken National Park, Sulawesi
- Kepulauan Togean National Park, Sulawesi
- Kepulauan Wakatobi National Park, Sulawesi
- Taka Bone Rate National Park, Sulawesi
- Teluk Cenderawasih National Park, Papua
- Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park, Albania
- Iroise Marine Park, Brittany, France
- Zakynthos Marine Park, Greece
- Kosterhavet National Park, Bohuslän, Sweden
- Ytre Hvaler National Park, Norway
As of April 2008 there are no high seas marine reserves, but Greenpeace is campaigning for the "doughnut holes" of the western pacific to be declared as marine reserves. They are also campaigning for 40 percent of the world’s oceans to be protected as marine reserves.
Australia The Australian Government manages an estate of marine protected areas (MPA) that are Commonwealth reserves under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
- Australian Whale Sanctuary
- Ashmore Reef Marine National Nature Reserve
- Cartier Island Marine Reserve
- Cod Grounds Commonwealth Marine Reserve
- Coringa-Herald National Nature Reserve
- Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs Marine National Nature Reserve
- Great Australian Bight Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters)
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
- Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve
- Lihou Reef National Nature Reserve (Coral Sea Island Territory)
- Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters)
- Macquarie Island Marine Park
- Mermaid Reef Marine National Nature Reserve
- Ningaloo Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters)
- Shark Bay Marine Park
- Solitary Islands Marine Reserve (Commonwealth Waters)
- South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserve Network
New South Wales These are referred aquatic reserves declared under the Fisheries Management Act 1994
- Barrenjoey Head (Hawkesbury River)
- Boat Harbour (Kurnell)
- Bushrangers Bay (Shell Harbour)
- Cabbage Tree Bay (Manly)
- Cape Banks (La Perouse)
- Cook Island (Tweed Heads)
- Long Reef
- Narrabeen Head
- North (Sydney) Harbour
- Shiprock (Port Hacking)
- Towra Point (Botany Bay)
- Enipein Pah, near Pohnpei
- Hauraki Gulf Marine Park
- Mimiwhangata Marine Park
- Tawharanui Marine Park
- Papua Barrier Reef
- Tubbataha reef
- American Samoa National Park
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