Protecting and Preserving Future Marine Diversity

About ATRC

A marine protected area (MPA) is an area of sea especially dedicated to the protection and maintenance of biodiversity, and of natural and associated cultural resources, and managed through legal or other effective means.

MPAs include marine parks, nature reserves and locally managed marine areas that protect reefs, seagrass beds, shipwrecks, archaeological sites, tidal lagoons, mudflats, saltmarshes, mangroves, rock platforms, underwater areas on the coast and the seabed in deep water, as well as open water (the water column).
In 1988, The World Conservation Union (IUCN) General Assembly called upon national governments, international agencies and the non-governmental community to:
Provide for the protection, restoration, wise use, understanding and enjoyment of the marine heritage of the world through the creation of a global, representative system of marine protected areas and through management in accordance with the principles of the World Conservation Strategy of human activities that use or affect the marine environment.

In many parts of the world there is a growing focus and appreciation of the need for more MPAs and for better management generally of coastal and marine environments.


Resources & Partnerships


Our research tracks the changes to Marine Protected Areas over time and provides quantitative information about the effects caused by the communities that live around these areas.


Our scientific team continue to contribute to the world wide understanding of marine diversity through the publication of papers.
Many are peer reviewed and published.


The ATRC has partnerships with leading state and federal government agencies.
Without their ongoing support our research would not be possible.


We Do


There is substantial evidence in favour of the beneficial role of MPAs in a range of different types of fisheries and the support of fishery stability.


Our publications are highly respected for their scientific rigour.


Education, Training and information sharing via our publications and public presentations


We share information and resources with our partners and with other like minded communities across the world.

Australian Temperate Reef Collaboration

Where are we based
University of Tasmania
How to contact us

Our Partners

We acknowledge the generous support of our partners
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