North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network - Zoning and activities
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MARINE USERS
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.
Zoning and activities allowed in new areas
Five types of zones are represented in the North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network:
- Sanctuary Zone (IUCN Category Ia)
- Marine National Park Zone (IUCN Category II)
- Recreational Use Zone (IUCN Category II)
- Habitat Protection Zone (IUCN Category IV)
- Multiple Use Zone (IUCN Category VI)
Until a network management plan is in effect, there are no 'on-the-water' changes for users of new areas added to the Commonwealth marine reserve estate.
The zoning scheme provides general advice on zoning and allowed activities that will apply once a managment plan comes into effect.
Activities allowed in renamed reserves
Information on the transitional management arrangements in place for areas within the four renamed Commonwealth marine reserves within the North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network is available on the individual reserve web pages:
- Ningaloo Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters)
- Mermaid Reef National Nature Reserve
- Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve
- Cartier Island Marine Reserve
Approvals for activities within new areas
Information on the transitional management arrangements in place for all new areas added to the Commonwealth marine reserves in the North-west.