Australian Marine Parks

Director of National Parks, 2000.


About the 2000-2007 management plan

This is the first management plan for Mermaid Reef Marine National Nature Reserve (Mermaid). This management plan expired on 16 May 2007.

Mermaid Reef is one of a group of reef systems known as the Rowley Shoals, located off the coast of north-western Australia.

The Mermaid Reef Marine National Nature Reserve was proclaimed as a reserve by the Commonwealth to protect its diverse marine life and virtually pristine coral formations.

The clear oceanic water, coral formations and abundant marine life of Mermaid Reef and the other reefs of the Rowley Shoals make them a spectacular destination for recreational diving and eco-tourism.

The abundance of marine life in a relatively undisturbed condition also provides opportunities for research.

This Plan of Management is written to conform to the Best Practice in Performance Reporting in Natural Resource Management (ANZECC, 1997), with an emphasis on strategic objectives, goals and management strategies, performance measures, targets and monitoring.

As a result of the performance assessment, the management goals and strategies will be reviewed prior to the next Plan of Management.