Murat Commonwealth Marine Reserve



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 Murat Commonwealth Marine Reserve
Area 938 km2
Depth range <15-70 m (approx.)
Types of zoning

Marine National Park Zone (IUCN Category II)–938 km2

Major conservation values

  • Important foraging areas for:
    • the threatened Australian sea lion
    • threatened white shark
    • migratory short-tailed shearwater and Caspian tern
  • Examples of the ecosystems of the Great Australian Bight Shelf Transition  and in particular, the Murat meso-scale bioregion and Eucla meso-scale bioregion
  • Provides protection for Yatala Reef
  • Two key ecological features:
    • Benthic invertebrate communities of the eastern Great Australian Bight (communities with high species diversity)
    • areas important for small pelagic fish (species group with an important ecological role)