Bremer Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Overview

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MARINE USERS

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 Bremer Commonwealth Marine Reserve
Area 4472 km2
Depth range 15-5000 m (approx.)
Types of zoning
  • Marine National Park Zone - IUCN Category II-284 km2
  • Multiple Use Zone - IUCN Category VI-2838 km2
  • Special Purpose Zone - IUCN Category VI-1350 km2

Major conservation values

  • Important seasonal calving habitat for the threatened southern right whale
  • Important foraging areas for the:
    • threatened white shark
    • threatened Australian sea lion
    • threatened Indian yellow-nosed albatross, soft-plumaged petrel and flesh-footed shearwater
  • Important migratory areas for protected humpback whales
  • Bremer Canyon, where sperm whales and killer whales are known to aggregate
  • Representation of the Southern Province and the South-west Shelf Province on the continental shelf and the Western Australia South Coast meso-scale bioregion
  • One key ecological feature:
    • Albany Canyons group (high productivity, feeding aggregations)