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Gascoyne Marine Park
IUCN Category IV (Habitat/Species Management Area)
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Map showing the Gascoyne Marine Park. The shaded area is a National Park Zone ('no take' zone).
Location Australia
Area 81,766 km2 (31,570 sq mi)
Established 1 July 2018
Operator Parks Australia
Website https://parksaustralia.gov.au/marine/parks/north-west

The Gascoyne Marine Park (formerly known as the Gascoyne Commonwealth Marine Reserve) is an Australian marine park offshore of Western Australia, west of the Cape Range Peninsula. The marine park covers an area of 81,766 km2 (31,570 sq mi) and shares its far eastern boundary with the Ningaloo Marine Park (Commonwealth waters). The park is assigned IUCN category IV and is one of the 13 parks managed under the North-west Marine Parks Network.

Conservation values

Species and habitat

  • Foraging areas for vulnerable and migratory whale sharks.
  • Foraging areas and adjacent to important nesting sites for marine turtles
  • Includes part of the migratory pathway of the protected humpback whale.

Bioregions and ecology

  • The reserve includes shallow shelf environments and provides protection for shelf and slope habitats, as well as pinnacle and terrace seafloor features
  • Examples of the seafloor habitats and communities of the Central Western Shelf Transition provincial bioregion.

History

The marine park was proclaimed under the EPBC Act on 14 December 2013 and renamed Gascoyne Marine Park on 9 October 2017. The management plan and protection measures of the marine park came into effect for the first time on 1 July 2018.

Summary of protection zones

The Gascoyne Marine Park has been assigned IUCN protected area category IV. However, within the marine park there are three protection zones, each zone has an IUCN category and related rules for managing activities to ensure the protection of marine habitats and species.

The following table is a summary of the zoning rules within the Gascoyne Marine Park:

Zone IUCN Activities permitted Total area
(km2)
Vessel transiting Recreational fishing Commercial fishing Commercial aquaculture Commercial tourism Mining
National Park II Yes No No No excludes fishing, with approval No 36,050
Habitat Protection IV Yes Yes most, with approval with approval with approval No 6,929
Multiple Use VI Yes Yes most, with approval with approval with approval with approval 108,812
External link: Zoning and rules for the North-west Marine Parks Network
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