Dampier Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Click on the North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network map or select a reserve
North-west map



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.
Name Dampier Commonwealth Marine Reserve
Area 1252 km2
Depth range <15-70 m (approx.)
Types of zoning
  • Marine National Park Zone - IUCN Category II-150 km2
  • Habitat Protection Zone - IUCN Category IV-1102 km2

Major conservation values

  • Foraging areas adjacent to important breeding areas for migratory seabirds
  • Foraging areas adjacent to important nesting sites for marine turtles
  • Includes part of the migratory pathway of the protected humpback whale
  • The reserve provides a high level of protection for offshore shelf habitats adjacent to the Dampier Archipelago
  • The reserve provides high level protection for the shallow shelf with depths ranging from 15 metres to 70 metres
  • Examples of the communities and seafloor habitats of the Northwest Shelf Province provincial bioregion as well as the Pilbara (nearshore) and Pilbara (offshore) meso-scale bioregions