Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve - Zoning and activities
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MARINE USERS
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.
Six types of zones are represented within the Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve.
- Marine National Park Zone (IUCN II)
- Conservation Park Zone (IUCN IV)
- Habitat Protection Zone (Coral Sea) (IUCN IV)
- Habitat Protection Zone (Seamounts) (IUCN IV)
- Multiple Use Zone (IUCN VI)
- General Use Zone (IUCN VI)
Until a management plan is in effect, there are no 'on-the-water' changes for users of new areas added to the Commonwealth marine reserve estate.
The zoning scheme provides general advice on zoning and allowed activities that will apply once a management plan comes into effect.
Activities allowed in former reserves/conservation zone
Information on transitional management arrangements and activities allowed in the former Commonwealth marine reserves within the Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve is available on the individual reserve pages.
- Former Coral Sea Conservation Zone
- Former Coringa-Herald National Nature Reserve
- Former Lihou Reef National Nature Reserve
Approvals for activities in new areas
Information on the transitional management arrangements in place for all new areas added to the Coral Sea Commonwealth marine reserve.