Moreton Bay Marine Park
|Moreton Bay Marine Park|
Aerial photo of Mud Island, 2009
The coastline at Point Lookout is zoned as a conservation park
|Nearest town or city||Brisbane|
|Area||3,400 km2 (1,312.7 sq mi)|
|Region||South East Queensland|
|Managing authorities||Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service|
|Website||Moreton Bay Marine Park|
The Moreton Bay Marine Park was established in 1992 to protect ecologically significant habitats in Moreton Bay. The marine park extends from Caloundra south to the southern tip of South Stradbroke Island. The marine park's border extends up to the highest tidal mark and covers a total of 3,400 km2.
The marine park provides protection to sensitive reef sites near Tangalooma and Flinders Reef. It includes waterways such as Coombabah Lake, mangrove forests, swamps, marshes, tidal mudflats, sandflats and seagrass beds. It is a temporary home to migrating shorebirds that inhabit wetlands. Dugongs, whales and turtles swim in the waters of the bay.
Marine Park Zoning Plan
From 1 March 2009, activities in the marine park are designated under the Marine Park Zoning Plan. 16% of the bay is protected in green zones or marine national park zones. This leaves 84% of the marine park available to anglers. The marine national park zones are classed as (IUCN Category II) while the remainder is classed as IUCN Category VI.
The Queensland Government has spent AU2$ million to create three artificial reefs within the marine park. A free user guide is widely available in bait and boat shops in the region as well as online.
There are four zones in Moreton Bay Marine Park. These are the Marine national park zone (green) which contain areas of high conservation value, Conservation park zone (yellow) allowing limited fishing and crabbing, Habitat protection (dark blue) zone for sensitive habitats with no trawling allowed and General use zone (light blue) allow activities such as trawling. The zones are patrolled by rangers. Fines of up to A$500 for fishing in the green zone have been issued.
There are nine types of designated areas in the marine park. These areas have been set aside so that specific issues that occur at specific locations can be properly managed. Examples of designated areas include Go slow areas to protect dugongs and turtles, No anchoring areas to protect sensitive reefs and Grey nurse shark areas designed to conserve the endangered shark species.
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- Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing. "Moreton Bay Marine Park Zoning and Designated Areas Map" (pdf). The State of Queensland. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
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- Leah Fineran (19 July 2009). "Big fines for anglers in green zone". goldcoast.com.au. News Limited. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
- "Queensland - Marine Protected Areas by Type (2016) (please refer 'Detailed list' tab)". CAPAD 2016. The Department of Environment and Energy. 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
- Andrew McNamara (16 December 2008). "Work begins on Moreton Bay's artificial reefs". Outdoors Queensland. Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
- Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing. "Moreton Bay Marine Park User Guides". The State of Queensland. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
- "Crackdown on Moreton Bay green zones". ABC News Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2010.