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Marine parks and reserves in Western Australia are established under the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984 (CALM Act). The Conservation and Parks Commission (Commission) is also established under this Act and is the statutory body to which marine parks and reserves are vested (i.e. legally entrusted).

The Commission plays a pivotal role in the development of management plans, establishment of marine parks and reserves, periodic assessment of management effort and preparation of policy.

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