The zones in Batemans Marine Park aim to conserve marine biodiversity while providing for a range of uses including beach activities, swimming, surfing, charter and recreational fishing, commercial fishing, scuba diving, sailing, boating and research.
The marine park Zoning Map, User Guide and the FishSmart NSW app provide information about the zoning arrangements and management rules in the park.
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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 Batemans Marine Park, the NSW Government proposes to rezone the shoreline (to 100 m offshore) at the following four sites from sanctuary zone to habitat protection zone to allow shore-based recreational line fishing:
2.Congo Point South Beach and Mullimburra Point to Bingie Beach
4.Bullengella Beach and Bogola Head Beach to Loader Beach.
The amnesty on shore-based recreational line fishing at these four sites will continue until the rezoning process is finalised.
The amnesty has now ceased at the following three sites and enforcement of sanctuary zone rules has recommenced:
1.Guerilla Bay Beach (Burrewarra North)
2.Burrewarra Point to Long Nose Point (Burrewarra South)
The amnesty did not apply at Burrewarra Point itself, and the sanctuary zone at this site also remains in place.
All forms of fishing are prohibited in sanctuary zones and significant penalties apply including on-the-spot fines of up to $500.
|Provide the highest level of protection for biodiversity and natural and cultural features
|Activities that do not involve harming any animal, plant or habitat, including many recreational activities, such as boating, surfing, snorkelling, diving and permitted research and educational activities
|Habitat Protection zone
|Protect physical and biological habitats by reducing high impact activities.
Recreational and commercial activities (including recreational fishing and some forms of commercial fishing), scientific research, educational activities and other activitiesSpecies taken from Habitat Protection zones.
|General Use zone
|Provide for a wide range of environmentally sustainable activities
|Recreational and commercial activities (including recreational and commercial fishing), scientific research and educational activities
|Special Protection zone
|Provide for sites requiring special management arrangements including protection of Aboriginal and other cultural features or for marine facilities, or for specific park management reasons.
|Traditional Aboriginal use, aquaculture, marinas and research facilities
|Class or Family
|Finfish (fish with fins and scales)
|Gummy shark and school shark
|Mustelus antarcticus and Galeorhinus galeus
|Southern and eastern rock lobsters
|Jasus verreauxi, Jasus edwardsii
|Arrow squid, southern calamari
|Nototodarus gouldi, Septoteuthis australis
|Family Spirulidae, Sepiidae and Sepiadariidae
|Ghost shrimp, marine yabby (nippers)
|Blue swimmer crab
|Saccostrea spp., Crassostrea spp. and Ostrea angasi
|Pecten fumatus, Chlamys asperrimus
Centrostephanus rodgersii,Heliocidaris erythrogramma
|Turban shell (Googoombull)