Kimberley Commonwealth Marine Reserve

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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.
Overview of Kimberley Commonwealth Marine Reserve
Area 74 469 km2
Depth range 15-800 m (approx.)
Types of zoning
  • Multiple Use Zone - IUCN Category VI-66 563 km2
  • Habitat Protection Zone - IUCN Category IV-1129 km2
  • Marine National Park Zone - IUCN Category II-6777 km2

Major conservation values

  • Important foraging areas for migratory seabirds, migratory dugongs, dolphins and threatened and migratory marine turtles
  • Important migration pathway and nursery areas for the protected humpback whale
  • Adjacent to important foraging and pupping areas for sawfish and important nesting sites for green turtles.
  • The reserve provides protection for the communities and habitats of waters offshore of the Kimberley coastline ranging in depth from less than 15 metres to 800 metres
  • Continental shelf, slope, plateau, pinnacle, terrace, banks and shoals and deep hole/valley seafloor features are all represented in this reserve
  • Examples of the communities and seafloor habitats of the Northwest Shelf Transition, Northwest Shelf Province and Timor Province provincial bioregions along with the Kimberley, Canning, Northwest Shelf and Oceanic Shoals meso-scale bioregions
  • Two key ecological features are included in the reserve:
    • ancient coastline (an area of enhanced productivity attracting baitfish which, in turn, supplies food for migrating species)
    • continental slope demersal fish communities (the second richest area for demersal fish species in Australia)