The Batemans Marine Park zoning plan aims 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 and User Guide provide information about the zoning arrangements and management rules in the park.
You can view your position on the Zoning Map if you are using a GPS-enabled device such as a smartphone or tablet. Download the free Avenza PDF maps app from the iTunes store or Google Play and open the Zoning Map in the app to enable this feature. You can also download the free Zoning Map directly from the Avenza Map Store by searching for "Batemans Marine Park" from within the app.
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:
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:
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.
|Sanctuary zone||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|
|Common name||Class or Family||Species|
|Finfish (fish with fins and scales)||Class Osteichthyes||All species|
|Gummy shark and school shark||Family Triakidae||Mustelus antarcticus and Galeorhinus galeus|
|Southern and eastern rock lobsters||Family Palinuridae||Jasus verreauxi, Jasus edwardsii|
|Prawn||Family Penaeidae||All species|
|Octopus||Family Octopodidae||All species|
|Arrow squid, southern calamari||Family Loliginidae||Nototodarus gouldi, Septoteuthis australis|
|Squid, Cuttlefish||Family Spirulidae, Sepiidae and Sepiadariidae||All species|
|Beach worms||Family Onuphidae||All species|
|Blood worms||Family Opheliidae||Armandia spp.|
|Ghost shrimp, marine yabby (nippers)||Family Callianassidae||Callianassa spp.|
|Mud crab||Family Portunidae||Scylla serrata|
|Blue swimmer crab|
|Rock crab||Family Grapsidae||All species|
|Oyster||Family Ostreidae||Saccostrea spp., Crassostrea spp. and Ostrea angasi|
|Pipi||Family Donacidae||All species|
|Sydney Cockle||Family Arcidae||Anadara trapezia|
|Clam||Family Veneridae||All species|
|Blue mussels||Family Mytilidae||Mytelis planulatus|
|Scallops||Family Pectinidae||Pecten fumatus, Chlamys asperrimus|
|Sea urchin||Class Echinoidea|
Centrostephanus rodgersii,Heliocidaris erythrogramma
|Turban shell (Googoombull)||Family Turbinidae||Turbo spp.|
|Abalone||Family Haliotidae||Haliotis rubra|
|Periwinkle||Family Trochidae||Austrocochlea spp.|