Carnarvon Canyon Commonwealth Marine Reserve

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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.
Overview of Carnarvon Canyon Commonwealth Marine Reserve
Area 6177 km2
Depth range 1500-6000 m (approx.)
Types of zoning
  • Habitat Protection Zone - IUCN Category IV-6177 km2

Major conservation values

  • Contains the whole of the Carnarvon Canyon - a single channel canyon along with representations of slope, continental rise and deep hole and valleys
  • The Carnarvon Canyon ranges in depth from 1500 metres to over 5000 metres and hence provides a wide range of habitats for benthic and demersal species
  • Examples of the ecosystems of the Central Western Transition provincial bioregion, the reserve lies in a biogeographic faunal transition between tropical and temperate species