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Recreational fishing in Lalang-garram/Camden Sound Marine Park

The Lalang-garram/Camden Sound Marine Park covers almost 700,000 hectares and is 300 kilometres north of Broome, and north of the Lalang-garram/Horizontal Falls Marine Park.

Primarily recognised as a principle calving habitat of the humpback whale population that migrates annually along the State’s coast, Camden Sound is also known as one of the most biologically significant regions in the world. It also includes Montgomery Reef, St George Basin and Prince Regent River.

Lalang-garram/Camden Sound Marine Park consists of five zone types:

  • ‘no-take’ sanctuary zones;
  • a special purpose (whale conservation) zone;
  • a special purpose (wilderness conservation) zone;
  • a special purpose (pearling) zone and a general use zone; and
  • a general purpose zone.

The management plan for Lalang-garram/Camden Sound Marine Park has been finalised, and includes detailed information on the zones and permitted recreational fishing activities. 

On 13 July 2018 and 24 December 2019, the Lalang-garram/Horizontal Falls zoning scheme was gazetted under section 62 of the Conservation and Land Management act 1984 (CALM Act) respectively. Following gazettal of the zoning scheme, legislation is made under the Fish Resources Management Act 1994 (FRMA) to give effect to any fishing prohibitions in the marine park.

As of 11 June 2022, fishing prohibitions will be in place.

Recreational fishing rules will remain unchanged in more than 78 per cent of the marine park area. You can become familiar with the new zones by exploring the interactive map below. While special rules apply in the marine park zones, Statewide recreational fishing rules also apply.

It is important to understand the permitted and prohibited fishing activities in the five zone types of the marine park. 

The key species likely to be found in the waters of Lalang-garram/Camden Sound Marine Park include mackerel, tuna and sailfish in the open water; barramundi, fingermark and threadfin near shore; and emperor and tropical snapper in reef environments.

The Code of Conduct for Recreational Fishing in the Kimberley includes positive actions and recommended strategies that provide practical tips on having a world-class fishing experience in the Kimberley.

More information

For further information about sites and activities in Lalang-garram/Camden Sound Marine Park, visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife Explore Parks WA website or read our FAQ's​.

Last modified: 7/06/2022 10:10 AM

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