Buccaneer Archipelago and surrounds

Top left: Kooljaman. Photo – Michael Higgins/DBCA. Top right: Waddaddam (Coppermine Creek). Photo – Liz Vaughan/Francis Woolagoodja/DAC. Bottom left: Doongarra (Margaret Island). Photo – Roanna Goater/DBCA.Bottom right: Iwany (Sunday Island). Photo – Roanna Goater/DBCA. 


The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is working with Bardi, Jawi, Mayala and Dambeemangarddee (formally spelt Dambimangari) traditional owners to create three new marine parks in the Buccaneer Archipelago; the Bardi Jawi, Mayala and Maiyalam marine parks. The proposed marine parks are being established under the Government’s Plan for Our Parks initiative to expand the conservation estate by five million hectares in five years. Once created the marine parks will contribute 660,000 hectares to Western Australia’s marine reserve network. In recognition of the significant cultural values and ongoing connections to sea country, the marine parks are proposed to be jointly managed and jointly vested with traditional owners.

For the first time, the proposed marine parks are being co-designed between traditional owners and DBCA. Due to COVID-19 restrictions earlier this year and the new co-design model, the public comment period has been increased to five months and will involve extensive consultation with stakeholders.

You are encouraged to have your say. The public comment phase is very important and will further shape how the proposed marine parks will be managed into the future. The marine parks will not be created until the final joint management plans, including final boundaries and zoning schemes, are approved by Cabinet.

All submissions to the indicative joint management plans are important. Submissions will be reviewed and suggested amendments to the management arrangements considered by Traditional Owners and DBCA in finalisation of the marine park proposals.

The following indicative joint management plans have been released for public comment. You are invited to have your say on how these areas will be managed into the future.

Following gazettal of the proposed Maiyalam Marine Park, it is intended that the four marine parks in Dambeemangarddee Country will be amalgamated to form the Lalang-gaddam Marine Park, managed under one plan. The zoning schemes for the existing marine parks in Dambeemangarddee Country remain unchanged and do not form part of the amendments. Public comment is not sought on the existing zoning arrangements.

The maps of the proposed zoning for the proposed marine parks are available below:

The indicative joint management plans are closed for public comment.
Lalang-gaddam marine park amended and indicative joint management plan

How to make a submission

  • Learn how to Make your comments count.
  • Download the indicative joint management plans.
  • Make an online submission (Submissions closed Friday 11 June 2021)
While we are encouraging the use of the online submission form, written submissions may be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or posted to:
Aboriginal Engagement, Planning and Lands Branch
Department Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Locked Bag 104
Bentley Delivery Centre WA 6983.

Top left: Kooljaman. Photo – Michael Higgins/DBCA.

Top right: Waddaddam (Coppermine Creek). Photo – Liz Vaughan/Francis Woolagoodja/DAC.

Bottom left: Doongarra (Margaret Island). – Roanna Goater/DBCA.

Bottom right: Iwany (Sunday Island). Photo – Roanna Goater/DBCA