Port Stephens–Great Lakes Marine Park zones

The zones in Port Stephens–Great Lakes Marine Park 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.

Map of Port Stephens - Great Lakes 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.

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Types of zones

Sanctuary zones 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 Protection to 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.

NOTE: There are further restrictions within specific habitat protection zones.  Please see the Port Stephens - Great Lakes Marine User Guide for more information (PDF, 2665.04 KB)

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*

*Some of the Habitat Protections zones (HPZ) in Port Stephens - Great Lakes Marine Park have additional rules, including Dutchies Beach HPZ where no hand picking or attempting to take any invertebrate fish by hand picking is permitted . Please check the User Guide (PDF, 2665.04 KB) for further details.

Common name Class or FamilySpecies
Finfish (fish with fins and scales) Class Osteichthyes All species
Shark, ray Class Chondrichthyes All species
Lobster, crayfish Family Palinuridae All species
Slipper lobster Family Scyllaridae All species
Prawn  Family Penaeidae All species
Squid Family Sepiidae All species
Cuttlefish Family Spirulidae, Sepiidae and Sepiadariidae All species
Beach worm Family Onuphidae All species
Ghost shrimp, Marine yabby (nipper) Family Callianassidae All species
Mud crab Family Portunidae Scyalla serrata
Blue swimmer crab Family Portunidae Portunus pelagicus
Rock crab Family Grapsidae All species
Oyster Family Ostreidae Saccostrea spp. and
Crassostrea spp.
Akoya pearl oyster Family Pteriidae All species
Pipi Family Donacidae All species
Cockle Family Orcidae All species
Clam Family Veneridae All species
Mussel Family Mytilidae All species
Scallop Family Pectinidae All species
Sea urchin Family Strongylocentrotidae All species
Sea lettuce Family Raninidae Ulva lactuca
Cunjevoi Family Pyuridae All species
Turban shell Family Turbinadae All species
Abalone Family Haliotidae Haliotis rubra
Periwinkles Family Trochidae Austrocochlea spp.

Other management actions