Gulf of Carpentaria 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 Gulf of Carpentaria Commonwealth Marine Reserve
Area 23 775 km2
Depth range 10-55 m (approx.)
Types of zoning
  • Marine National Park Zone - IUCN Category II- 7388 km2
  • Special Purpose Zone - IUCN Category VI-16 387 km2

Major conservation values

  • Important resting area for turtles between egg laying (internesting area), for the threatened:
    • flatback turtle
    • green turtle
  • Important foraging habitat for breeding aggregations of the:
    • migratory brown booby
    • migratory lesser frigatebird
    • migratory roseate tern
    • listed marine crested tern
  • Examples of the ecosystems of the Northern Shelf Province (including the Carpentaria, Karumba-Nassau and Wellesley meso-scale bioregions)
  • Includes four key ecological features:
    • Gulf of Carpentaria coastal zone (high productivity; biodiversity and endemism; aggregations of marine life)
    • Gulf of Carpentaria basin (biodiversity; aggregations of marine life)
    • plateau and saddle north-west of the Wellesley Islands (biodiversity and endemism; high aggregations of marine life)
    • submerged coral reefs of the Gulf of Carpentaria (biodiversity and endemism; high aggregations of marine life)