Background Information on the Batemans Marine Park

How big is the BMP?


About 85,000 ha in area, including all the coastal lakes and estuaries and from the seashore out to 3 nautical miles offshore (1 nm = approx. 1.9 km).




What are the different coloured zones in the Batemans Marine Park?


The BMP is divided into a number of different usage zones which enable people to fish in over 80% of the marine park. The main zones are:

  • General Use (light blue 37%) - all commercial and recreational uses including collecting and fishing except for using trawls, dredge or long lines.
  • Habitat Protection (yellow 43%) - fishing allowed using line, trap, spear and net and collection of abalone, seaweed and other invertebrates.
  • Sanctuary (pink less than 19%) - No fishing or collecting of any plants or animals, although fishing from beaches and headlands is allowed in four of the sanctuary zones.
  • Special Purpose (dark blue 1%) - allows for special activities such as collecting abalone.
  • Anchoring is allowed in the zones, but not in sanctuary zones over seagrass.




How are Marine Parks different from National Parks on land?


Marine Parks are not like National Parks on land, where all the animals and plants are protected from hunting and collecting. Even scientists need a special permit to collect from National Parks.

Marine Parks have different usage zones so that some form of fishing is allowed in most of the Marine Park (over 80%). Only in the pink sanctuary zones are all the plants and animals protected from fishing and collecting, except in four sanctuary zones in which fishing from beaches and headlands is permitted.





How big is the BMP?


About 85,000 ha in area, including all the coastal lakes and estuaries and from the seashore out to 3 nautical miles offshore (1 nm = approx. 1.9 km).




What are the different coloured zones in the Batemans Marine Park?


The BMP is divided into a number of different usage zones which enable people to fish in over 80% of the marine park. The main zones are:

  • General Use (light blue 37%) - all commercial and recreational uses including collecting and fishing except for using trawls, dredge or long lines.
  • Habitat Protection (yellow 43%) - fishing allowed using line, trap, spear and net and collection of abalone, seaweed and other invertebrates.
  • Sanctuary (pink less than 19%) - No fishing or collecting of any plants or animals, although fishing from beaches and headlands is allowed in four of the sanctuary zones.
  • Special Purpose (dark blue 1%) - allows for special activities such as collecting abalone.
  • Anchoring is allowed in the zones, but not in sanctuary zones over seagrass.




How are Marine Parks different from National Parks on land?


Marine Parks are not like National Parks on land, where all the animals and plants are protected from hunting and collecting. Even scientists need a special permit to collect from National Parks.

Marine Parks have different usage zones so that some form of fishing is allowed in most of the Marine Park (over 80%). Only in the pink sanctuary zones are all the plants and animals protected from fishing and collecting, except in four sanctuary zones in which fishing from beaches and headlands is permitted.





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