Two Rocks 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 Two Rocks Commonwealth Marine Reserve
Area 882 km2
Depth range 15-120 m (approx.)
Types of zoning
  • Marine National Park Zone IUCN Category II-7 km2
  • Multiple Use Zone IUCN Category VI-875 km2

Major conservation values

  • Important foraging areas for the:
    • threatened soft-plumaged petrel
    • threatened Australian sea lion
    • migratory roseate tern, bridled tern, Caspian tern, wedge-tailed shearwater, and common noddy
  • Important migratory areas for protected humpback whales
  • Examples of the ecosystem of the southernmost parts of the South-west Shelf Transition (including the Central West Coast meso-scale bioregion)
  • Two key ecological feature:
    • west-coast inshore lagoons (high productivity and aggregations of marine life)
    • western rock lobster habitat (species with an important ecological role)