Reminder issued over marine park zones

Photo: Supplied.
Photo: Supplied.

The state's Fisheries Department is reminding recreational fishers to familiarise themselves with the various marine park regulations across the South West.

The call comes after recent community engagement, undertaken by the department, revealed that many were unaware of what activities were permitted within different portions of the Ngari Capes Marine Park.

The marine park spans more than 130 kilometres, including most of the southern half of Geographe Bay and extending around Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin to Flinders Bay near Augusta.

The park includes five different zone types, including 'no-take' sanctuary zones, recreation zones, special purpose zone for both shore-based activities and surfing and a general use zone - established in a bid to ensure the ongoing sustainability of marine life.

Eleven per cent of the marine park is made up of full sanctuary zones, including the end of the Busselton jetty and portions of Cape Leeuwin, Injidup and Eagle Bay, where the collection of fish or use of fishing gear is not permitted.

Most other recreational activities, including sailing, diving, kayaking, surfing and swimming are welcome in sanctuary zones.

The remaining portion is available for a mix of recreational activities.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development officer Eve Bunbury said the creation of clearly defined sanctuary zones played a valuable role in ensuring the long term protection of aquatic biodiversity.

Ms Bunbury said the zone also provided valuable sites for long term scientific monitoring.

For more information, or to find a map of the Ngari Capes Marine Park, visit www.fish.wa.gov.au