South-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network - Zoning and activities

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MARINE USERS

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.
 

Zoning and activities allowed in new reserves

Five types of zones are represented within the South-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network. These are:

  1. Marine National Park Zone (IUCN Category II)
  2. Habitat Protection Zone (IUCN Category IV)
  3. Multiple Use Zone (IUCN Category VI)
  4. Special Purpose Zone (IUCN Category VI)
  5. Special Purpose Zone (Oil and Gas Exclusion) (IUCN Category VI)

Until a network management plan is in effect, there are no 'on-the-water' changes for users of new areas added to the Commonwealth marine reserve estate.

Zoning scheme

The zoning scheme provides general advice on zoning and allowed activities that will apply once a management plan comes into effect.

Overview of Zoning Scheme for the South-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network (PDF - 150.46 KB)
Overview of Zoning Scheme for the South-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network (DOC - 266.5 KB)

Activities allowed in former reserves

Information on the transitional management arrangements in place for the area within the former Great Australian Bight Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters) is available on the individual reserve page.

Approvals for activities within new areas

Information on the transitional management arrangements in place for all new areas added to the Commonwealth marine reserves in the South-west.