Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve - 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.

Zones

Six types of zones are represented within the Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve.

  1. Marine National Park Zone (IUCN II)
  2. Conservation Park Zone (IUCN IV)
  3. Habitat Protection Zone (Coral Sea) (IUCN IV)
  4. Habitat Protection Zone (Seamounts) (IUCN IV)
  5. Multiple Use Zone (IUCN VI)
  6. General Use Zone (IUCN VI)

Until a 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 Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve (PDF - 136.53 KB)
Overview of Zoning Scheme for the Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve (DOC - 269.5 KB)

Activities allowed in former reserves/conservation zone

Information on transitional management arrangements and activities allowed in the former Commonwealth marine reserves within the Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve is available on the individual reserve pages.

Approvals for activities in new areas

Information on the transitional management arrangements in place for all new areas added to the Coral Sea Commonwealth marine reserve.