The Liberal Government is further strengthening environmental protection of Australia’s marine parks with a $5 million fund to improve conservation and encourage sustainable fishing practices.
Our Marine Park Grants build on the Liberal Government’s world-leading management plans implemented last year, which delivered new levels of protection for 3.2 million square kilometres of pristine marine areas.
The program, which is part of the $35 million Fisheries Assistance and User Engagement Package, will support industries and communities to transition their operations under the new arrangements.
Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, encouraged eligible groups and individuals in Pearce to apply for assistance through the grants program.
“Eligible projects include a variety of initiatives such as improving fishing gear types or practices, connecting fishers to marine park management through citizen science, and marketing locally and sustainably caught seafood,” Mr Porter said.
“Up to $5 million is available in the first round for grants ranging from $50,000 to $1 million.
“It’s important that we continue to build on the work to preserve our unique marine areas in Pearce and ensure they remain in a pristine state for future generations.”
The Liberal Government will open a further grant round to a wider range of organisations representing marine park users later this year.
The Liberal Government will continue to deliver a high standard of environmental protection for our marine parks, maintaining the right balance between outstanding conservation outcomes and securing the future of jobs within Australia’s sustainable marine industries.
Applications for round one of the Our Marine Parks Grants program close at 11 am AWST on 12 March, 2019.
For more information about Australian Marine Parks visit parksaustralia.gov.au/marine.