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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

27 October 2006

National Marine Park Network Moves A Step Closer


The Australian Government is one step closer to establishing one of the world’s largest marine park networks with public consultation on the South-east Marine Park Area (MPA) commencing from 28 October.

The proposed network will be the first of a series of Regional Representative Marine Parks to be established around the nation.

Minister for Environment and Heritage, Senator the Hon Ian Campbell, said the South East Marine Park Network will consist of 13 new Commonwealth reserves in south-eastern Australian waters with a combined area almost as big as Victoria.

“The current proposal comes after previous consultation, which began in December last year, with marine industries and other stakeholders. The initial rounds of consultation resulted in more than 20 changes to boundaries and zoning in the draft proposal.”

“The community has spoken and the Government has listened”, Senator Campbell said.

“The network will provide world-leading protection for the unique environment of the South-east Marine Region and help ensure a sustainable future for marine industries for generations to come.

“When the network is officially declared, it will cover a total area of 226,458 km2, equivalent to three times the area of Tasmania. This is a commitment of the Australian Government to deliver biodiversity conservation while allowing sustainable use of the marine environment.

“The south-east MPA proposal forms part of the Howard Government’s commitment to provide $37.7 million over four years to ensure Australia’s position as a global leader of marine resource management and conservation.

The proposed reserves are in Commonwealth waters (outside three nautical miles) within the South-east Marine Region, which stretches from the ocean off eastern South Australia, through Victoria, Tasmania and off southern New South Wales.

Senator Campbell said the declaration of these marine reserves would be a major contribution to building the National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas (NRSMPA) under which marine reserves will be established all around Australia by the Commonwealth, State and Northern Territory Governments.

Public comment on the proposed reserves must be received by the Department of the Environment and Heritage by Friday, 22 December. More information including detailed descriptions of the areas, maps and fact sheets on each proposed MPA can be downloaded from http://www.deh.gov.au/coasts/mpa/southeast/index.html

Media Contact:
Rob Broadfield 02 6277 7640


Proposed Commonwealth Marine Reserves in the South-east Marine Region

Proposed Commonwealth Marine Reserves in the South-east Marine Region

Zoning Explanation

Sanctuary zone (IUCN 1a) - Scientific reference site for research and monitoring as well as appropriate passive use by the public.

Benthic sanctuary zone (IUCN 1a) - No extractive use in the area from 500 metres below sea level to 100 metres beneath the seabed; commercial and recreational fishing only in the area between the sea surface and 500 metres in depth.

Recreational use zone (IUCN II) - Recreational activities including recreational and charter fishing. No commercial fishing or oil and gas exploration.

Multiple use zone (IUCN VI) - Recreational fishing, oil and gas exploration and associated activities, geo-sequestration of carbon, and some forms of commercial fishing excluding demersal trawl, Danish seine, mesh netting and scallop dredge are all permitted.

Special purpose zone (IUCN VI) - Recreational fishing, oil and gas exploration and associated activities, geo-sequestration of carbon, recreational and charter fishing permitted. No commercial fishing allowed.

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