Shark Bay 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 Shark Bay Commonwealth Marine Reserve
Area 7443 km2
Depth range 15-220 m (approx.)
Types of zoning
  • Multiple Use Zone - IUCN Category VI-7443 km2

Major conservation values

  • Foraging areas adjacent to important breeding areas for several species of migratory seabirds
  • Includes part of the migratory pathway of protected humpback whales
  • Adjacent to the largest nesting area for loggerhead turtles- largest in Australia
  • Provides protection to shelf and slope habitats as well as a terrace feature
  • Examples of the shallower ecosystems of the Central Western Shelf Province and Central Western Transition provincial bioregions including the Zutydorp meso-scale bioregion
  • The reserve also provides for connectivity between the inshore waters of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area and the deeper waters of the area