Shark Refuge Areas
These areas are set aside as important marine habitat to protect sharks, particularly school and gummy sharks. Fishing is restricted in these sheltered habitats so sharks, skates and rays can breed and raise their young.
- No shark, skate or ray of any kind (other than elephantfish) may be taken in Shark Refuge Areas.
- Do not target sharks at all in Shark Refuge Areas to ensure the least disturbance to shark species.
- If caught in nets or on a rod and line they must be returned to the water as soon as possible with a minimum of damage.
- The use of set lines (longlines and droplines), which are unattended lines of up to 5 hooks, is prohibited in Shark Refuge Areas.
- The use of mullet nets is prohibited in Shark Refuge Areas.
- Where permitted, gillnets may only be set for up to 2 hours.
- You may carry sharks, skates or rays through a Shark Refuge Area if they were taken outside that area.
Upstream of a line from Dennes Point to Cape Direction.
Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay
All the waters of those bays north of a line from Cape Contrariety to Northwest Head including Pittwater.
Between a line from Scott Point to Partridge Island and to Labillardiere Peninsula in the south and a line from Dennes Point to Piersons Point in the north (includes North West Bay River and Huon River).
West of a line from Grant's Point to St Helens Point.
Great Oyster BayNorth of a line from Seaford Point to Weatherhead Point on Freycinet Peninsula.
East Coast WatersThose waters within three nautical miles of any part of the coast between Seaford Point and Cape Bougainville.
Bounded in the north by a line from Cape Bougainville to Cape Boullanger and in the south by a line from Cape Peron to Cape Bernier.
Port SorellSouth of a line through Griffiths Point in the east to Taroona Point in the west at the southern extremity of Hawley Beach.
Those waters south of a line from Low Head and West Head.