Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve has been renamed Ashmore Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve and forms part of the North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network. Interim management arrangements apply until the management plan for the North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network comes into effect.
Prohibitions on Public Access
The area of Ashmore Commonwealth Marine Reserve that is assigned the IUCN category Ia is closed to the public. Limited access is permitted to West Island Lagoon and to a small part of West Island.
The following table outlines activities allowed without approval (), allowed with a general approval (GA), allowed with approval (A) or not allowed () at Ashmore Commonwealth Marine Reserve.
|Activity*||Area open to the public (IUCN II Zones)||Areas closed to the public (IUCN Ia zones)|
|West Island Lagoon, east beach and central corridor of West Island (see map)||Majority of Ashmore Reserve (including Middle & East Islands)|
|Fishing (including collecting#)|
|Filming and Photography||A||A|
|Tourism and Charters||A||A|
|Other Commercial Activities|
|Scuba diving & snorkelling|
* Camping and lighting fires is not allowed in any part of the reserve.