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Ningaloo Marine Park

Ningaloo Marine Park is off Western Australia's North West Cape, extending along the west coast of the Cape Range Peninsula (near Exmouth).

The marine park includes Ningaloo Reef – the largest fringing coral reef in Australia. The Ningaloo Commonwealth Marine Reserve lies offshore from the State park and is managed under Commonwealth legislation.  

Ningaloo Marine Park consists of five zone types: 'no-take' sanctuary zones, special purpose (benthic protection) zones, special purpose (shore-based activities) zones, recreation zones and a general use zone.

Recreational fishing can be enjoyed in most areas of the marine park, but special rules apply in some zones. Ensure you know your zones before you go fishing by exploring the interactive map below and/or the Spearfishing in Ningaloo Marine Park fact sheet. Click on the different zones to find out where you can and can’t fish.


Remember that Statewide recreational fishing rules (such as species, bag and size limits, seasonal closures, gear restrictions and licence requirements) also apply to fishing in Ningaloo Marine Park.

The key species likely to be found in the waters of the marine park include emperor, seaperch and cod species. Marlin, sailfish, giant trevally, Spanish mackerel, wahoo and mahi mahi may be found in waters further offshore. 

More information 

For further information about sites and activities in Ningaloo Marine Park, visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife Explore Parks WA website. 

To access resources and publications, including the marine park visitor guide, click on the ‘Downloads and Resources’ tab.

Last modified: 3/05/2019 10:52 AM

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