Jervis Bay Marine Park zoning

The zones in Jervis Bay 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.

Map of Jervis Bay Marine Park

The marine park Zoning Map, User Guide and the FishSmart NSW app 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 mobile device.

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Types of zones

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 activities

Species that can be 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 Purpose 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

Species that can be taken from Habitat Protection zones

Common name Class or FamilySpecies
Finfish (fish with fins and scales) Class Osteichthyes All species
Beach worm Family Onuphidae All species
Eastern rock lobster Family Palinuridae Jasus verreauxi
Southern rock lobster Family Palinuridae Jasus edwardsii
 Mud crab, blue swimmer crab

Family Portunidae

Scylla serrata, Portunus pelagicus
Red crab Family Grapsidae Plagusia chabrus
King prawn Family Penaeidae Pwenaeus plebejus
Ghost shrimp, marine yabbie, nipper Family Callianassidae  All species
Arrow squid Family Ommastrephidae Nototodarus gouldi
Southern calamari Family Loliginidae Sepioteuthis australis
Abalone Family Haliotidae All species
Turban shell Family Turbinadae All species
 Pipi Family Donacidae All species
Commercial scallop, doughboy scallop Family Pectinidae Pecten fumatus, Chlamys asperrimus
Blue mussel Family Mytilidae Mytilus planulatus
Sydney cockle Family Arcidae Anadara trapezia
Mud oyster Family Ostreidae Ostrea angasi
Sea lettuce  Ulva lactuca
Baitweed  Enteromorpha intestinalis
Sea urchin Class Echinoidea

Centrostephanus rodgersii,

Heliocidaris erythrogramma
Sharks and rays Class Chondrichthyes All species except those declared protected species under the Fisheries Management Act 1994

Other management actions