Marine park

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.

The largest marine park is the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in Australia, at 350,000 km².

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 Zealand a marine reserve is an area which has a higher degree of legal protection than marine parks for conservation purposes.

In New South Wales, there are planned marine parks which will stretch along the coastline of the entire state.


Marine parks around the globe





  • 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

High seas

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.[2] They are also campaigning for 40 percent of the world’s oceans to be protected as marine reserves.[3]


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).

New South Wales These are referred aquatic reserves declared under the Fisheries Management Act 1994

  • Barrenjoey Head (Hawkesbury River)
  • Boat Harbour (Kurnell)
  • Bronte-Coogee
  • 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

New Zealand

Papua NG

  • Papua Barrier Reef


  • Tubbataha reef


  • American Samoa National Park


  1. ^ Jones, Nicola (2011). "Little Mexican reserve boasts big recovery" (HTML). Nature. Retrieved 2011-08-23. 
  2. ^ "The Pacific Commons -- first high seas marine reserve?" (HTML). Greenpeace Australia Pacific. 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-27. "The Western and Central Pacific Ocean is the world's largest tuna fishery. Over half of the tuna consumed worldwide is taken from this area. Rampant overfishing is destroying this fishery; relatively healthy just a few years ago. Today, two key Pacific species, Bigeye and Yellowfin could face collapse unless urgent action is taken." 
  3. ^ "Marine reserves" (HTML). Greenpeace Australia Pacific. 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-27. "A growing body of scientific evidence that demonstrates what we at Greenpeace have been saying for a long time: that the establishment of large-scale networks of marine reserves, urgently needed to protect marine species and their habitats, could be key to reversing global fisheries decline." 

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