Marine protected areas (MPAs) are one of many tools that may be used alongside fisheries management to contribute to a sustainable marine environment and conservation of aquatic biodiversity.
A number of different types of MPAs exist in Western Australian State waters (to three nautical miles off the coast) and special fishing rules apply. These areas include:
MPAs may also be put in place in Commonwealth waters between three and 200 nautical miles off the WA coast under Commonwealth legislation.
Fishing in marine protected areas
When fishing in a MPA, it’s important to act responsibly, ensure you have the correct information before you go fishing and adopt responsible fishing practices.
Tips for responsible fishing in MPAs:
Know your zones and respect the areas where you can and can’t fish.
Abide by the recreational fishing rules.
Only take what you need for a feed.
Leave areas as you found them. Always take your rubbish home with you.
Be considerate of the environment and others.
Contribute to research and education where possible.