Mermaid Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve - Activities

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MARINE USERS

Transitional arrangements

Until a new management plan comes into effect there will be no changes to management arrangements for the renamed Mermaid Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve.

  • Transitional arrangements involve NO CHANGE ON THE WATER for marine users.
  • If you hold an existing approval to undertake activities within the renamed Mermaid Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve, you are able to continue to operate under the terms of your existing approval.
  • No additional administrative requirements apply.

Mermaid Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve (previously named Mermaid Reef Marine National Nature Reserve) forms part of the North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network. Transitional management arrangements apply until a 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 Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) website for Rowley Shoals Marine Park

Activities summary

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 (Tick), with approval (A) and those not allowed (Cross) in the Mermaid Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve.

Overview of activities allowed
General Access
Tick
Commercial Activities
Fishing (including collecting*)
Cross
Filming and photography A
Tourism and charters A
Other commercial activities
Cross
Recreational Activities
Scuba diving and snorkelling
Tick
Fishing
Cross
Scientific Research A

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.