Mermaid Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve - Activities
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MARINE USERS
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
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.
|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.