Ningaloo protection status remains
Ningaloo is one of our best-known and most important Australian marine parks, loved by its community and many visitors alike.
With that in mind, I would like to reassure the community that there will be no changes to its current protection under the draft plans I released on Friday.
Ningaloo Marine Park (Commonwealth waters) is 2435sqkm next to the larger, State-managed Ningaloo Marine Park.
We use International Union for Conservation of Nature Guidelines to define the zones in our marine parks. Ningaloo was proclaimed in 1987.
At the time it was proclaimed as category two.
Under these guidelines, it included recreational use.
Everything in the draft plans we released on Friday remains consistent with this.
All we have done is updated the park’s zoning to a new category, to better reflect what people already love doing in the park — recreational fishing and tourism activities like diving.
The independent Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review made this same recommendation to us — to re-categorise the park for consistency with other marine parks in WA and the country. We haven’t “cut” Ningaloo’s protection.
Recreational uses allowed under this draft plan are completely consistent with the neighbouring Ningaloo Marine Park, managed by the WA Government.
If people would like to have their say on the draft plans I released on Friday, I would love to hear from them. Visit parksaustralia.gov.au/marine to find out more and to give us your feedback.