Former Great Australian Bight Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters) Management Plan 2005–2012
Summary for Park Users
Director of National Parks, 2005
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MARINE USERS
Transitional arrangements for areas within former marine reserves
From the declaration of Commonwealth marine reserves in November 2012 until new management plans comes into effect in July 2014, there will be no changes to management arrangements for the area within the former Great Australian Bight Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters).
- Transitional arrangements involve NO CHANGE ON THE WATER for marine users.
- If you hold an existing approval to undertake activities within the former Great Australian Bight Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters), you are able to continue to operate under the terms of your existing approval.
- No additional administrative requirements apply.
About the document
The Great Australian Bight Marine Park is made up of two adjoining marine parks established by the Australian and South Australian governments. The South Australian Marine Park, in the State (coastal) waters of the Bight, consists of a Whale Sanctuary Zone and Conservation Zone. The Great Australian Bight Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters) (the Park) is made up of a Marine Mammal Protection Zone and a Benthic Protection Zone.
Although the Australian and South Australian governments manage the Great Australian Bight Marine Park cooperatively, each jurisdiction has its own management plan to manage the day-to-day uses of their respective components of the Park. This brochure refers only to the portion of the marine park that is in Commonwealth Waters.
The Australian Government has released the Great Australian Bight Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters) Management Plan 2005–2012. This is the second plan for the Park and will last for seven years until 2012. This brochure explains how the Management Plan aims to protect the values of the Park through regulating activities that may threaten the Park’s values.
For information relating to uses of the South Australian portion of the Marine Park refer to the Management Plan for South Australia, which can be accessed at: http://www.parks.sa.gov.au/