Mermaid Reef Marine National Nature Reserve has been renamed Mermaid 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.
This information is about the Mermaid Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve only. For information on zoning and management arrangements in the Western Australian Rowley Shoals Marine Park refer to the Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) website for Rowley Shoals Marine Park
Prohibition on fishing and removal of wildlife
All forms of collecting,* recreational and commercial fishing and removal of wildlife are prohibited at Mermaid.
The following table outlines activities allowed without approval (), with approval (A) and those not allowed () in the Mermaid Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve.
|Activity||Mermaid Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve|
|Fishing (including collecting*)|
|Filming and photography||A|
|Tourism and charters||A|
|Other commercial activities|
|Scuba diving and snorkelling|
NOTE: Surfing, water skiing, jet skiing and other such activities involving personal water craft should not be undertaken at Mermaid. Visitors should not feed fish or any other wildlife at Mermaid.
*Collecting refers to the collection of any object, animal or plant including coral, shells and sedentary species such as sea cucumbers.