Marine Parks are similar to National Parks on land. They are primarily for the conservation of nature, and are used by the community for a range of recreational activities. These include boating, snorkelling, and fishing. Marine Parks differ from National Parks in that they have zones which are designated for different purposes.
Marine Parks are faced with many of the same problems as National Parks including overuse and pollution. Therefore certain areas are designated as sanctuary areas, also known as green or no-take zones, which prohibit extractive activities such as fishing, mining, and drilling.
All activities within a marine park are regulated through zoning and operational plans developed for each marine park. Zoning plans set out what can and cannot be done within the zones of a marine park. These plans are generally developed in consultation with the community and interest groups.
Marine parks in NSW managed by the Marine Estate Management Authority. The Authority is jointly responsible to the Minister for Primary Industries and Minister for the Environment and includes representatives of agencies involved in managing the NSW marine estate.
The Authority is advised by the Marine Estate Expert Panel, which is made up of scientific and community representative positions.
Vessel transit is allowed in all South East Commonwealth Marine Reserves. When passing through zones where fishing (commercial and recreational) is not allowed, fishing gear must be kept stowed and secured at all times.
Ballast water may be discharged or exchanged, subject to compliance with:
The installation of structures and carrying out of works, including excavations, requires a permit. Examples of such installations include maritime navigation aids, and weather or ocean monitoring stations.
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National Parks Association of NSW is a non-government conservation group that seeks to protect, connect and restore the integrity and diversity of natural systems in NSW and beyond, through national parks, marine sanctuaries and other means.