Skip to content
NSW Coat of Arms
Marine Parks Authority NSW
  1. Home
  2. Jervis Bay Marine Park
  3. Recreational & commercial activities
Contact Print this page Reduce font size Increase font size

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.

  • Permit application to conduct commercial activities within a Marine Park - PDF 41 Kb
  • 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) Spear fishing is prohibited in all creeks and 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.

     

    Contact Print this page Reduce font size Increase font size