South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network - Zoning and activities

Activities and their management arrangements

The following table provides a general guide to whether activities are allowed, allowable under a permit or class approval, or prohibited in the network management zones within the South-east Marine Reserves Network.

See the table of activities and management arrangements...

Activity Sanctuary Zone
(IUCN Ia)
Marine National Park Zone
(IUCN II)
Habitat Protection Zone
(IUCN IV)
Recreational Use Zone
(IUCN IV)
Special Purpose Zone
(IUCN VI)
Multiple Use Zone
(IUCN VI)
Commercial fishing (except as indicated below) Cross Cross CA Cross Cross CA
Demersal trawl
Danish Seine
Scallop Dredge
Cross Cross Cross Cross Cross Cross
Commercial tourism - fishinga,
including charter fishing tours
Cross Cross P P P P
Commercial tourism - non-fishing, including nature watching, scuba and snorkel tours Cross P P P P P
Commercial aviation tours Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
Commercial media, including in-water filming and photography P P P P P P
Vessel transiting Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
Commercial shipping - anchoring Cross Cross1 Cross1 Cross1 Cross1 Cross1
Recreational use - non-fishing (including nature watching) Cross Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
Recreational use - fishinga, including spearfishing and organised fishing tournaments Cross Cross Tick Tick Tick Tick
Recreational use - fishinga by clients of charter fishing tours Cross Cross Tick Tick Tick Tick
Mining:
- seismic survey
- authorised under Part 7 or 9 of the EPBC Act
Cross Cross Cross Cross CA CA
Mining - other than authorised under Part 7 or 9 of the EPBC Act Cross Cross Cross Cross P/CA P/CA
Research and monitoring activities P P P P P P
Structures and works - including moorings, excavations and maintenance P P P P P P
Tick Activity is allowed in accordance with plan prescriptions (without the need for a permit or class approval).
Cross Activity is not allowed at all (i.e. totally prohibited).
Cross1 Activity is prohibited except in anchoring areas determined under r.12.56 of the EPBC Regulations.
P Activity is allowable in accordance with a permit from the Director of National Parks. Commercial tourism and media activities and research and monitoring activities may also be authorised under a class approval.
CA Activity is allowable in accordance with a class approval from the Director of National Parks.
P/CA Activity is allowable in specified zones in accordance with a permit (if the operation is not authorised under Part 7 or Part 9 of the EPBC Act) or a class approval (if the operation is authorised under Part 7 or Part 9 of the EPBC Act) issued by the Director.
a Recreational fishing is managed by the states. State laws apply unless they are inconsistent with the Management Plan.

Zoning

Zoning defines what activities can or cannot occur in the reserves. The South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserves have been assigned one or more zones as outlined below.

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Zone Purpose of zone Commonwealth marine reserves containing this zone
Sanctuary zone (IUCN Category Ia) The Sanctuary zone is managed to minimise disturbance to the environment from human activities, therefore, activities are generally limited to non-extractive research. Macquarie Island
Marine National Park zones (IUCN Category II) Marine National Park zones are natural or near natural areas protecting ecological processes with characteristic species and ecosystems of the area and are managed mainly for ecosystem protection and passive recreation. They allow for environmentally and culturally compatible spiritual, scientific, educational, and recreational visitor opportunities. Mining and fishing (both recreational and commercial) are not allowed in these zones. Flinders
Freycinet
Murray
Tasman Fracture
Habitat Protection zones (IUCN Category IV) Habitat Protection zones support areas with important habitats and or species. A relatively wide range of activities are allowed or may be authorised within the Habitat Protection zones. Different Habitat Protection Zones may have different allowable activities. Huon
Macquarie Island
Recreational Use zone (IUCN Category IV) The Recreational Use zone is managed to ensure the maintenance of the habitat conditions necessary to protect significant species, groups of species, biotic communities or physical features of the environment. Recreational fishing, other recreational uses and tourism may be carried out within the zone. However, commercial fishing, mining and oil and gas exploration and development are prohibited. Freycinet
Special Purpose zones (IUCN Category VI) Special Purpose zones provide for a wide range of activities provided they will not have an unacceptable impact on the values of the area. This zone allows for limited access to mining and low level extractive activities. Murray
Nelson
South Tasman Rise
Tasman Fracture
Zeehan
Multiple Use zones (IUCN Category VI) Multiple Use zones provide for a wide range of sustainable activities by allowing those that do not significantly impact on benthic (seafloor) habitats or have an unacceptable impact on the values of the area. Apollo
Beagle
Boags
East Gippsland
Flinders
Franklin
Freycinet
Huon
Murray
Tasman Fracture
Zeehan