Jervis Bay Marine Park
The NSW Government announced its decision on the recreational fishing amnesty in NSW Marine Parks, based on the Marine Estate Expert Knowledge Panel’s advice and further consideration of social values and use conflicts at some sites.
In Jervis Bay Marine Park, the amnesty has now ceased at the following four sites and enforcement of sanctuary zone rules has recommenced:
- Hammer Head
- Crocodile Head to Point Perpendicular
- Bowen Island
- Steamers Head and St Georges Head.
All forms of fishing are prohibited in sanctuary zones and significant penalties apply including on-the-spot fines of up to $500.
Location and size
Jervis Bay Marine Park is approximately 180km south of Sydney and 20km southeast of Nowra in the Batemans marine bioregion. It spans over 100km of coastline and adjacent ocean extending from Kinghorn Point in the north to Sussex Inlet in the south and includes most of Jervis Bay.
- Marine algae
- Amnesty on recreational fishing restrictions from ocean beaches and headlands in sanctuaries
The park covers an area of approximately 21 100 hectares.
- Jervis Bay Marine Park user guide and zoning map 2.6 Mb
Note: Percentages for zones may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
The NSW Government established the park in 1998.
There are a variety of habitats represented in the park. It is home to a unique mix of tropical and temperate species including the weedy sea-dragon, eastern blue devil fish, whale, bottlenose dolphin, little penguin, fur seal and the endangered grey nurse shark.
Indigenous people have had strong ties to the Jervis Bay area over thousands of years and there are many sites of cultural significance to them within the marine park.
Recreational and commercial use
This popular marine park caters for a broad range of recreational and commercial activities while conserving marine biodiversity. Recreational activities include fishing, scuba diving, boating, surfing and other beach pursuits.
The Royal Australian Navy uses Jervis Bay for training, including a small area within the marine park.