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Recreational fishing in North Kimberley Marine Park

​The newly created North Kimberley Marine Park is the largest marine park in Western Australia. It is located in the Indian Ocean and the Timor Sea and extends north-east from York Sound to the Western Australian/Northern Territory border.

The park covers approximately 1,845,000 hectares with its south-western boundary located about 270 kilometres north-east of Derby.

The North Kimberley Marine Park consists of four zone types: ‘no-take’ sanctuary zones, special purpose (recreation and conservation) zones, special purpose (cultural heritage) zones and a general use zone.

The joint management plan for the North Kimberley Marine Park has been finalised and includes detailed information on the zones and permitted fishing activities.

Note: Further legislation is required before the marine park fishing prohibitions come into effect. Until this occurs there will be no changes to fishing rules in the marine park.

Once the fisheries legislation is in place, recreational fishing rules will remain unchanged in approximately 81 per cent of the marine park area. You can become familiar with the new zones by exploring the interactive map below. While special rules will soon apply in the marine park zones, Statewide recreational fishing rules also apply.

The key species likely to be found in the waters of North Kimberley Marine Park include mackerel and tuna in the open water; barramundithreadfin and mud crabs near shore; and emperor, tropical snappers and coral trout in reef environments.

More information

For further information about the North Kimberley Marine Park, visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife Explore Parks WA website.  

Last modified: 6/04/2017 2:42 PM

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