History of Marine Parks

Australia’s Long Tradition of Marine Parks

Marine Parks are nothing new. Australian governments, both Liberal and Labor, have been rolling them out for years. Here’s a list and map of Australia’s Marine Parks before the most recent new reserves were proclaimed on 16 November 2012.

Map of Australian Marine Parks

Marine Reserve Year Created Created by which Government
Lihou Reef National Nature Reserve 1982 Fraser Govt
Coringa-Herald National Nature Reserve 1982 Fraser Govt
Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve 1983 Hawke Govt
Ningaloo Marine Park 1987 Hawke Govt
Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs Marine National Nature Reserve 1987 Hawke Govt
Mermaid Reef Marine National Reserve 1991 Hawke Govt
Solitary Islands Marine Reserve 1993 Keating Govt
Great Australian Bight Marine Park 1998 Howard Govt
Macquarie Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve 1999 Howard Govt
Lord Howe IslandMarine Park 2000 Howard Govt
Cartier Island Marine Reserve 2000 Howard Govt
Heard Island & McDonald Islands Marine Reserve 2002 Howard Govt
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park zoning plan 2003 2004 Howard Govt
Cod Grounds Commonwealth Reserve 2007 Howard Govt
Apollo Commonwealth Marine Reserve 2007 Howard Govt
Beagle Commonwealth Marine Reserve 2007 Howard Govt
Boags Commonwealth Marine Reserve 2007 Howard Govt
East Gippsland Commonwealth Marine Reserve 2007 Howard Govt
Flinders Commonwealth Marine Reserve 2007 Howard Govt
Franklin Commonwealth Marine Reserve 2007 Howard Govt
Freycinet Commonwealth Marine Reserve 2007 Howard Govt
Huon Commonwealth Marine Reserve 2007 Howard Govt
Murray Commonwealth Marine Reserve 2007 Howard Govt
Nelson Commonwealth Marine Reserve 2007 Howard Govt
South Tasman Rise Commonwealth Marine Reserve 2007 Howard Govt
Tasman Fracture Commonwealth Marine Reserve 2007 Howard Govt
Zeehan Commonwealth Marine Reserve 2007 Howard Govt

For Australia’s recently proclaimed marine reserves see the ‘Maps’ section of this site.

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