Marine Parks are one type of marine protected area utilised in NSW. There are six marine parks which cover an area of approximately 345,100 hecatres or ~34% of NSW State waters.
The NSW Marine Parks have been declared under the Marine Parks Act 1997 and are managed by NSW Department of Primary Industries staff.
Currently, two new advisory bodies are being established, the Marine Estate Management Authority and the Marine Estate Expert Knowledge Panel. The inter-agency Marine Estate Management Authority will replace the Marine Parks Authority and the Expert Knowledge Panel will provide independent advice across ecology, economics and social sciences.
For more information about the new advisory bodies please visit www.marine.nsw.gov.au.