North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network - Overview
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MARINE USERS
Transitional arrangements for new areas added to the Commonwealth marine reserve estate
From the declaration of Commonwealth marine reserves in November 2012 until management plans come into effect in July 2014, 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||North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network|
|Network area||335 437 km2|
|Depth range||15 - 5000 m|
|Reserves||13 reserves (ranging in size from 304 to 146 000 km2)
|Types of zoning||
Key conservation values
- Seasonal calving habitat for the world's largest population of the humpback whale
- Foraging and inter-nesting habitat for olive ridley, green, flatback, loggerhead and hawksbill marine turtles
- Foraging habitat for the whale shark, several species of sea snake, sawfish and for several species of migratory seabirds
- Biologically-important areas for several whale species, including the Australian snubfin dolphin and humpback whales
- Protection for coral reefs in Commonwealth waters adjacent to the Kimberley with additional protection for Rowley Shoals and Ningaloo reefs
- Eight key ecological features are included, fully or in part, in the marine reserve network
- Eight provincial bioregions, nine meso-scale bioregions, 81 depth ranges within provincial bioregions, and 15 seafloor types represented in the network.