Fisheries Infosite

Marine reserve

Marine reserve

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Marine reserves are specified areas of the sea and foreshore that are managed to preserve them in their natural state for scientific study or other purposes. Marine reserves may be established in areas that contain underwater scenery, natural features or marine life, of such distinctive quality, or so typical, or beautiful, or unique, that their continued preservation is in the national interest. Within a marine reserve, all marine life is protected and fishing and the removal or disturbance of any living or non-living marine resource is prohibited, except as necessary for permitted monitoring or research. This includes dredging, dumping or discharging any matter or building structures.