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Jervis Bay Marine Park - recreational and commercial activities

The Jervis Bay Marine Park Zoning Plan allows different activities in different park zones as per the summary below. It’s best to use the summary in conjunction with a printout of the marine park zoning maps.

Park activity summary

Note: tick = permitted, Cross = prohibited, P=permit required. Special conditions indicated by (a) to (k).

Activity

General use zones

Habitat protection zones

Sanctuary zones

Commercial fishing

Line fishing

tick

tick

Cross

Spanner crab netting

tick

tick

Cross

Lift netting for bait (non-saleable only)

tick

P (a)

Cross

Fish trapping (max 10 traps)

tick

tick

Cross

Crab trapping

tick

tick

Cross

Lobster tapping

tick

tick

Cross

Hand gathering (pipis & beachworms)

tick

tick

Cross

Beach hauling

tick

P (b)

Cross

Prawn hauling

tick

Cross

Cross

Garfish hauling

tick

P (c)

Cross

Restricted purse seine netting

P

P (d)

Cross

Setline/dropline

tick

Cross

Cross

Longline (surface & demersal)

Cross

Cross

Cross

Estuary mesh netting

Cross

Cross

Cross

Scallop dredging

Cross

Cross

Cross

Scallop collecting

Cross

tick

Cross

Recreational fishing

Line fishing

tick

tick

Cross

Trapping

tick

tick

Cross

Spearfishing

tick

tick (e)

Cross

Netting

tick

tick (f)

Cross

Collecting

Recreational (bait/food)

tick

tick (g)

Cross

Scientific/educational

P

P

P

For private aquariums

P

P

Cross

For commercial aquariums

Cross

Cross

Cross

Commercial tourism

Whale watching

P

P

P

Charter fishing

P

P

Cross

Charter scuba/snorkelling

P

P

P

Recreational activities

Boating

tick

tick

tick

Scuba diving/snorkelling

tick

tick

tick

Personal water craft

Cross(i)

tick

Cross

Other activities

Aquaculture (intensive)

tick

Cross

Cross

Aquaculture (low-impact)

tick

P (j)

Cross

Line/spearfishing competitions

P

P

Cross

Surfing/sailing competitions

P

P

P

Research

P

P

P

Anchoring

tick (h)

tick

Cross

 

Special conditions for commercial and recreational activities

(a) Lift netting, for live bait for own use by existing operators only, may be allowed in designated areas within habitat protection zones subject to meeting permit requirements

(b) Beach hauling may be allowed in designated areas within habitat protection zones subject to meeting permit requirements

(c) Garfish hauling may be allowed in designated areas within habitat protection zones subject to meeting permit requirements

(d) Restricted purse seine bait netting, for live bait for own use by existing operators only, may be allowed in designated areas within habitat protection zones subject to meeting permit requirements

(e) Spearfishing is prohibited in the Hyams Beach Habitat Protection Zone

(f) Recreational nets permitted for the taking of prawns and crabs in the habitat protection zone are the scoop, landing, scissor (push) or hoop (lift) nets.

(g) Restrictions apply to the species that can be collected

(h) Anchoring is allowed in designated anchoring areas within sanctuary zones. Anchoring is allowed in any zone when undertaken in the interests of safety of life at sea.

(i) Personal water craft are allowed to traverse sanctuary zones directly to and from the point of launching only, at a maximum speed of 10 knots.

(j) Low-impact aquaculture (i.e. aquaculture which does not use supplementary food to grow the product under cultivation) of shellfish on long-lines is not prohibited in habitat protection zones, provided all the requirements of environmental and planning legislation are satisfied, including environmental assessment, public consultation and development approval†. Aquaculture in the Jervis Bay embayment cannot exceed more than two per cent of the area of the park.

(k) Infrastructure development and/or maintenance may be approved subject to meeting the requirements of relevant legislation.

† In addition to the normal detailed environmental approval process required for such projects, section 19 of the Marine Parks Act requires the consent authority to take into consideration: (1) the need to conserve marine biological diversity and marine habitats in the park; (2) the need to maintain ecological processes in the park; and (3) the need to provide opportunities for public appreciation and enjoyment of the park. The consent of the Ministers responsible for the Marine Parks Authority is also required.

 

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