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Special purpose zones

whale breaching
Special purpose zones of marine parks
are declared to allow for particular
activities such as wildlife protection
Photo © Dave and Fiona Harvey

Special purpose zones are managed for a particular priority use or issue. This could be protection of a habitat, a seasonal event such as wildlife breeding or a particular type of activity. Uses compatible with the priority use or seasonal event are allowed in these zones.

Special purpose zones can help protect specific habitats from a particular threat or allow for particular activities. For example:

  • at Ningaloo Marine Park, special purpose zones for shore based activities allow for shore-based recreational fishing alongside some sanctuary zones
  • at Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, a special purpose zone for wildlife conservation has an 8 knot speed limit to limit the risk of boats striking Australian sea lions, penguins, dolphins and to reduce disturbance to nesting seabirds.