Jervis Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Overview

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MARINE USERS

Transitional arrangements

Until a management plan comes into effect transitional arrangements apply.

  • Under the transitional arrangements, there are NO CHANGES ON THE WATER for users of new areas added to the Commonwealth marine reserves estate.
  • NOTE: There are no changes to management arrangements in the marine reserves that existed prior to the establishment of the new reserves, that is, the same restrictions on activities will continue to apply even where those reserves have been incorporated into new reserves.

The new Jervis Commonwealth Marine Reserve covers an area of more than 2 400 km2. A management plan will be prepared for the Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network and will cover all eight new reserves.

Transitional management arrangements apply until a management plan for the Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network is in place.

Overview of Jervis Commonwealth Marine Reserve
Area 2473 km2
Depth range 120–5000 m (approx.)
Types of zoning

Multiple Use Zone (IUCN Category VI)–1965 km2
Special Purpose Zone (IUCN Category VI)–508 km2

Major conservation values

  • Some canyons incise the mid-slope at depths of 1500-3500 metres and some extend to a depth of 5000 metres
  • Seafloor features represented in the reserve include abyssal-plain/deep ocean floor, canyons, shelf, and slope
  • Examples of the ecosystems of the Central Eastern Province, the Southeast Shelf Transition and the Batemans Shelf meso-scale bioregion
  • Includes two key ecological features:
    • one of three shelf-incising canyons occurring in the region (unique sea-floor feature with ecological properties of regional significance)
    • shelf rocky reefs (unique sea-floor feature with ecological properties of regional significance