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Australia has the third largest marine estate of any nation in the world. It is a massive area larger than our landmass and extends from the tropical seas of the north to the sub-Antarctic waters of the Southern Ocean.
In 1998, the Commonwealth and state and territory governments committed to the creation of a National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas (NRSMPA) by 2012.
Commonwealth marine reserves have been established over a total area of 3.1 million square kilometres of ocean being managed primarily for biodiversity conservation, fulfilling the Australian Government's part in the creation of the national system.
Commonwealth Marine Reserves Branch
Department of the Environment
Edgar Waite Building
203 Channel Highway
Kingston TAS 7050
Phone: 1800 069 352