South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network - Management

Network Management Plan

The South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network Management Plan 2013-23 (the Management Plan) is the primary tool for the conservation and management of the South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserves. The Management Plan sets out the zoning, allowable activities and rules for use within the reserves.

Guide for network users

The guide for users provides an overview of the Management Plan and the key management arrangements for users of the marine reserves.

General rules for use and access

Vessel transit is allowed in all South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserves. When transiting through zones where fishing (commercial and recreational) is not allowed, fishing gear must be kept stowed and secured at all times.

Ballast water may be discharged or exchanged, subject to compliance with

  1. the Australian Ballast Water Management Requirements and relevant state ballast water management arrangements;
  2. relevant Commonwealth and state legislation or international agreements relating to ballast water management; and
  3. other management arrangements made by the Director under the Management Plan.

The installation of structures and carrying out of works, including excavations, requires a permit. Examples of such installations include maritime navigation aids, and weather or ocean monitoring stations.

Nothing in the Management Plan precludes actions being taken in response to, or in order to avert, an emergency situation.

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Commercial fishing. See more...

There is no commercial fishing allowed in Sanctuary, Marine National Park, Recreational Use and Special Purpose zones in the South-east Marine Reserves Network.

The Director of National Parks has made a determination in relation to the required stowing and securing of fishing gear during transit through these zones.

Commercial fishing is allowed in Multiple Use and Habitat Protection zones under a class approval. The class approval sets out the conditions that commercial fishers must follow when fishing in reserves.

The class approval specifies the methods and gear types that may be used. Demersal trawl, Danish seine and scallop dredge fishing methods are not allowed in the South-east reserves. Any fishing activity not listed in the class approval requires assessment by the Director of National Parks before approval can be given to operate in the reserves.

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Recreational fishing. See more...

Recreational fishing (including clients of charter fishing vessels and organised non-commercial fishing competitions) is allowed in most zones and does not require a permit or approval. Recreational fishing is not allowed in Sanctuary and Marine National Park zones and when transiting through these areas fishing gear must be kept stowed and secured at all times.

Recreational fishing must be carried out in accordance with the relevant state recreational fishing laws (e.g. size and bag limits).

Commercial tourism (including charter fishing) and media. See more...

The Management Plan allows commercial tourism to be conducted in most zones under either a class approval or permit from the Director of National Parks.

There is no fishing allowed in Sanctuary and Marine National Park zones and when transiting through these zones, fishing gear must be kept stowed and secured at all times.

The requirements when interacting with cetaceans and whale watching are set out in the EPBC Regulations.

The Management Plan applies to the airspace up to 3000 meters above sea level over the South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network. However, commercial aviation tours may operate in this airspace without a permit. Tour operators may land aircraft in accordance with the conditions of a permit issues for those activities.

Media organisations may access marine reserves without a permit or class approval as long as they are reporting the news and events of the day.

To apply for a permit please contact the South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network Manager.

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Mining operations (including exploration). See more...

Mining operations are allowed to occur in Special Purpose and Multiple Use zones (IUCN VI) within the South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network, by either class approval or permit. Mining operations require authorisation by the Director of National Parks by class approval or permit.

Class approvals which authorise certain mining operations to be undertaken have been developed. These approvals set out the conditions that mining operators must follow when operating in the South-east marine reserves.

Additionally, the Director of National Parks will work with industry and relevant sectors to develop further class approvals where relevant, such as an approval to authorise low impact mining operations.

Other mining operations (including those not referred under the EPBC Act) require authorisation by permit.

To apply for a permit please contact the South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network Manager.

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Research and monitoring. See more...

Research, including monitoring activities, is allowable in all zones of the South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network but requires a permit issued by the Director of National Parks.

To apply for a permit please contact the South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network Manager.

Commercial shipping. See more...

Commercial shipping is allowed to transit through the South-east Marine Reserves Network in accordance with the Management Plan.

Commercial ships are not allowed to anchor in the South-east Marine Reserves Network except in areas that have been determined under the EPBC Regulations.

Defence, border protection, law enforcement and emergency response

A number of Commonwealth agencies enter marine reserves for purposes relating to defence, border protection, law enforcement and emergency response. There is no intention to limit the training or operations of the Australian Defence Force, Customs and Border Protection Service, law enforcement or emergency response in the marine reserves network.

The Management Plan allows for the conduct of necessary government operations in the South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network. Nothing in the Management Plan precludes actions being taken in response to, or in order to avert, an emergency situation.

New activities. See more...

Circumstances may arise or proposals may be brought forward for activities that were not known or anticipated at the time the Management Plan was prepared.

The Director of National Parks may make new authorisations, determinations, prohibitions or restrictions in response to new activities.

Contact us. See details...

For more information about management arrangements, including approvals and permits please contact :

South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network Manager
Parks Australia
Department of the Environment
Edgar Waite Building
203 Channel Highway
Kingston TAS 7050
or
Email: marinereserves@environment.gov.au
Phone: 1800 069 352