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Recreational fishing is permitted in General Use Zones, some Recreation Zones and some Special Purpose Zones of marine parks, but you may not fish in Sanctuary Zones and many Special Purpose Zones of marine parks or in the Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve. Photo © Colin Ingram

Zoning provides for conservation while allowing sustainable recreational and commercial activities. While a range of activities are permitted in multiple-use marine parks and reserves, the zoning system minimises conflict by establishing some zones for undisturbed nature study and passive enjoyment of the natural environment and other zones that provide opportunities for extractive activities and use.

Before visiting a marine park, always ‘Know Your Zones' and find out what you can do in each zone. Each marine park has its own zoning scheme so it's a good idea to download the park brochures.