AFMA uses a number of closures to help manage impacts of fishing to certain species or habitats. These closures can be used to restrict fishing to certain depths, gear types, locations and times of the year. These closures are implemented through legislative closure directions or fishing concession conditions. AFMA is now providing these closures electronically in map files to help scientists, fishers and the public know where these closures are and what they look like.

AFMA does not represent or warrant the accuracy, completeness or currency of the maps and accepts no obligation to correct or update any of the information contained within the maps. Accordingly, to the extent permitted by law, AFMA disclaims liability for any loss or damage arising as a result of the use of the maps published.  AFMA reminds fishers it is their responsibility to keep maps up to date based on current fishing rules.

The maps published here are only closures that have been created by AFMA for Commonwealth fishers. State or other closures established by other agencies such as those from the Department of Environment, National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA), or Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) still need to be followed.

AFMA is currently publishing closure maps in four formats:

  • GPX (GPS Exchange Format) which is often used for Garmin and Humminbird plotters and mapping.
  • KML (Keyhold Markup Language) for use by Google Earth mapping. KMZ is a compressed KML file.
  • MIF (MapInfo Interchange Forat) for MapInfo mapping. This contains both MIF and MID files in a zip file.
  • SHP (Shapefiles) for ESRI and other shape file format mapping. This contains multiple files needed for Shapefiles in a zip file.

All AFMA publications and material in whatever form or media are protected under the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968. For example, under the provisions of the Act, the Commonwealth’s copyright will be infringed if any person or organisation reproduces or publishes AFMA material without having our written permission in advance.

AFMA is happy to received feedback on the maps. Please email communications@afma.gov.au to provide feedback on formats and how you have been using them.

 

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Northern Prawn Fishery (Closures) Direction No. 171

ScheduleDescriptionVersionDateGPXKMZMIFSHP
All schedulesAll files included in a single zip file12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S01 Prior to and end season
12 May 2017GPX File
KMZ File
Zip File
S02 Prior to and end season
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S03 Joseph Bonaparte
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S04 NW Groote
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S05 SW Corner
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S06 Fog Bay Bynoe
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S07 Lingi
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S08 Goulburn
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S09 Carpentaria
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S10 Carpentaria West
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S11 Sweers Mornington
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S12 Mid season
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S13 Part 1 Mid season
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S13 Part 2 Mid season
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S14 Tarrant Mornington Bynoe
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S15 Weipa
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S16 Edward Pellew
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S17 NE Vanderlin
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S18 Cambridge
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S19 Goulburn
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S20 Gulf of Carpentaria
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S21 A Karumba Sth Gear Trial
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S21 B Karumba Nth Gear Trial
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S21 C Darwin Gear Trial
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ FileZip Link
S21 D West Cape York Gear Trial
12 May 2017GPX FileKMZ File
Zip File

Northern Prawn Fishery (Closures) Direction No. 169

ScheduleDescriptionVersionDateGPXKMZMIFSHP
All Schedules12 May 2017
GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S01 Part 1 Caledon
12 May 2017
GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S01 Part 2 Port Langdon
12 May 2017
GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S01 Part 3 North West
12 May 2017
GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S01 Part 4 Bartalumba
12 May 2017
GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S01 Part 5 Alyangula
12 May 2017
GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S01 Part 6 Dalumba
12 May 2017
GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S01 Part 7 Cape Shield
12 May 2017
GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S01 Part 8 Sir Edward Pellew
12 May 2017
GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S01 Part 9 Darwin Pt Blaze
12 May 2017
GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S01 Part 10 Pt Essington
12 May 2017
GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S01 Part 11 Mornington Island
12 May 2017
GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S01 Part 11 Mornington Island Benthic Survey A1
12 May 2017
GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S01 Part 11 Mornington Island Benthic Survey A2
12 May 2017
GPX FileKMZ FileZip File
S01 Part 12 Arnhem
12 May 2017
GPX FileKMZ FileZip File

Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery and Small Pelagic Fishery (Closures) Direction 2016 (F2016L00549) : Permanent Closures

ScheduleDescriptionVersionDate createdGPXKMLMIFSHP
All schedulesAll included in a single zip file121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S01 - Murat BayLocation: Coastal Waters off South Australia Reason: Protect stocks of Australian sea lions, bronze whalers, pink snapper and mulloway Prohibited: Gillnet methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S02 - Bass Strait - Trawl ClosureLocation: Bass Strait Reason: Protect school and gummy shark habitat Prohibited: Demersal otter trawl methods 121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S03 - Head Of GABLocation: Great Australian Bight, South Australia Reason: Protect breeding school shark and Australian sea lion populations Prohibited: All fishing methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S04 - East Coast Deepwater Trawl Sector Exclusion ZoneLocation: Offshore east coast of Australia Reason: Protect benthic habitats Prohibited: Trawl methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S05 - SA Gillnet Closure - Backstairs PassageLocation: Great Australian Bight, South Australia Reason: Protect breeding school shark and Australian sea lion populations Prohibited: Gillnet methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML file
S06 - SA Shark Closure - Kangaroo IslandLocation: Kangaroo Island, South Australia Reason: Protect breeding school shark and Australian sea lion populations Prohibited: All fishing methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S07 - SA Shark Closure - Victor harbor to Victorian BorderLocation: Inshore Victoria Reason: Protect breeding school shark and Australian sea lion populations Prohibited: All fishing methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S08 - Freycinet CMR ClosureLocation: Area off eastern Tasmania Reason: Protect Upper-Slope dogfish Prohibited: If the Harrisson’s and southern dogfish triggers are met (refer to 6 (i) in the Direction) then all fishing methods (excluding hydraulic hand reel droplining) are prohibited for the concession holder for 12 months within this area. 100% observer coverage required. Please note that Demersal (bottom) Trawl, Danish Seine and Scallop Dredge are prohibited under the Commonwealth Marine Reserve Closure. Refer to http://www.environment.gov.au/topics/marine/marine-reserves for updated information on prohibited fishing methods. 121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S09 - Murray CMR Closures - East & WestLocation: Area off Kangaroo Island Reason: Protect Upper-Slope dogfish Prohibited: If the Harrisson’s and southern dogfish triggers are met (refer to 6 (k) in the Direction) then all fishing methods (excluding hydraulic hand reel droplining) are prohibited for the concession holder for 12 months within this area. 100% observer coverage is required. Please note that Demersal (bottom) Trawl, Danish Seine and Scallop Dredge are prohibited under the Commonwealth Marine Reserve Closure. Refer to http://www.environment.gov.au/topics/marine/marine-reserves for updated information on prohibited fishing methods.121 June 2016GPX fileEast KMZ link
West KML file
Zip file
S10 - Gulper Shark Closure - Southern DogfishLocation: South Australia Reason: Protect Upper-Slope dogfish Prohibited: Hook and Trawl methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S11 - Gulper Shark Closure - Endeavour DogfishLocation: Waters off Sydney in the area of the submarine cable protection zones Reason: Protect Upper-Slope dogfish Prohibited: All fishing methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S12 - Gulper Shark Closure - Harrisson's DogfishLocation: East Bass Strait Reason: Protect Upper-Slope dogfish Prohibited: All fishing methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S13 - South East Trawl Deepwater ClosureLocation: Area from New South Wales to South Australia Reason: Protect orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Trawl methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S14 - Eastern SA - Trawl ClosureLocation: Eastern South Australia Reason: Reduce the catch of juvenile scalefish and protect structured benthic habitat Prohibited: Demersal otter trawl methods121 June 2016GPS fileKMZ fileZip file
S15 - Portland Area Trawl ClosureLocation: Coastal waters, west of Portland, South Australia Reason: Reduce the catch of juvenile scalefish and protect structured benthic habitat Prohibited: Demersal otter trawl methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S16 - GAB Deepwater Closure - Central East ZoneLocation: Great Australian Bight, South Australia and Western Australia Reason: Protect deep water species and orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Demersal otter trawl methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S17 - GAB Deepwater Closure - Salisbury CanyonLocation: Great Australian Bight, South Australia and Western Australia Reason: Protect deep water species and orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Demersal otter trawl methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S18 - GAB Deepwater Closure - Far WestLocation: Great Australian Bight, South Australia and Western Australia Reason: Protect deep water species and orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Demersal otter trawl methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S19 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - AlbanyLocation: Great Australian Bight (West), Western Australia Reason: Protect orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Trawl methods 121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S20 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - BremmerLocation: Great Australian Bight (West), Western Australia Reason: Protect orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Trawl methods 121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S21 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - Humdinger WestLocation: Great Australian Bight (West), Western Australia Reason: Protect orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Trawl methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S22 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - Humdinger_MagicLocation: Great Australian Bight (West), Western Australia Reason: Protect orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Trawl methods 121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S23 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - Lomvar GullyLocation: Great Australian Bight (East), South Australia Reason: Protect orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Trawl methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S24 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - United NationsLocation: Great Australian Bight (East), South Australia Reason: Protect orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Trawl methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S25 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - The KnobLocation: Great Australian Bight (East), South Australia Reason: Protect orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Trawl methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S26 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - Racetrack_HamburgerLocation: Great Australian Bight (East), South Australia Reason: Protect orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Trawl methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S27 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - Kangaroo Island HillLocation: Great Australian Bight (East), South Australia Reason: Protect orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Trawl methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S28 - GAB Far West Gulper Shark ClosureLocation: Great Australian Bight (West), South Australia Reason: Protect Upper-Slope dogfish Prohibited: Trawl methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S29 - Barcoo and Taupo Seamount ClosuresLocation: East coast of southern New South Wales Reason: Protect Upper-Slope dogfish Prohibited: Trawl methods and if the Harrisson’s and southern dogfish triggers are met (refer to 6 (q) in the Direction) then all fishing methods (excluding hydraulic hand reel droplining) are prohibited for the concession holder for 12 months within this area. 100% observer coverage is required.121 June 2016GPX fileKML Barcoo file
KML Taupo file
Zip file
S30 - QLD and Britannia Seamounts ClosureLocation: Area off southern Queensland Reason: Protect Upper-Slope dogfish Prohibited: All fishing methods except hydraulic hand reel droplining.121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S31 - Derwent Hunter Seamount ClosureLocation: Area off mid New South Wales Reason: Protect Upper-Slope dogfish Prohibited: All fishing methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S32 - Port MacDonnell ClosureLocation: Area off south eastern Australia Reason: Protect Upper-Slope dogfish Prohibited: All fishing methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S33 - Murray Dogfish ClosureLocation: Area off south eastern Australia Reason: Protect Upper-Slope dogfish Prohibited: Trawl methods and if the Harrisson’s and southern dogfish triggers are met (refer to 6 (u) in the Direction) then all fishing methods (excluding hydraulic hand reel droplining) are prohibited for the concession holder for 12 months within this area. 100% observer coverage is required.121 June 2016GPx fileKML fileZip file
S34 - Pedra Branca Orange Roughy Management AreaLocation: Area off southern Tasmania Reason: Allows for targeted fishing of orange roughy using trawl methods. 100% observer coverage is required during the period 1 June to 31 August of any year.121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S35 - Australian Sea lion ClosuresLocation: South Australia Reason: Protect Australian sea lions Prohibited: Gillnet methods121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S36 - Gillnet Deepwater ClosureLocation: AFZ in deep waters within the SESSF Reason: Protect breeding school shark populations Prohibited: Gillnet Deepwater Closure121 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file
S37 - Automatic Longline Shallow Water ClosureLocation: AFZ in shallow waters within the SESSF Reason: Protect school and gummy sharks Prohibited: Automatic baiting equipment121 June 2016GPX fileKML file
KML file part 2
Zip file

Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (Closures) Direction No. 2 2016 (F2016L01037): Orange Roughy Management Area (ORMA)

ScheduleDescriptionVersionDateGPXKMLMIFSHP
S01- ORMACloses the eastern ORMA from 1 July 2016 to 31 July 2016 to all methods of fishing and applies to all holders of fishing concessions in the fishery.1.021 June 16GPX FileKML FileSHP File

Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (Closures) Direction No. 1 2016 (F2016L00044): Australian sea lion adaptive management zone C closure

ScheduleDescriptionVersionDate createdGPXKMLMIFSHP
Closes Zone C of the fishery to gillnet fishing to ensure the Australian sea lion population and sub-populations are protected1.021 June 2016

Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (Closures) Direction No. 2 2015 (FL2016C00555): Maria Island, Seiner’s Horseshoe, Everard Horseshoe closure for Pink

ScheduleDescriptionVersionDate createdGPXKMLMIFSHP
All SchedulesAll included in a single zip file1.021 June 2016GPX LinkKML linkZip file
S01 - Maria IslandLocation: Eastern Bass Strait
Reason: Constrain Catch of Pink Ling in the Eastern Zone
Prohibited: All methods unless the holder is subject to a condition to retain no more than 25 per cent of their total pink ling (Genypterus blacodes) quota (caught or uncaught) in waters east of Longitude 147° East at any time.
1.021 June 2016GPX LinkKML linkZip file
S02 - Seiners HorseshoeLocation: Eastern Bass Strait
Reason: Constrain Catch of Pink Ling in the Eastern Zone
Prohibited: All methods unless the holder is subject to a condition to retain no more than 25 per cent of their total pink ling (Genypterus blacodes) quota (caught or uncaught) in waters east of Longitude 147° East at any time.
1.021 June 2016GPX LinkKML linkZip file
S03 - Everard HorseshoeLocation: Eastern Bass Strait
Reason: Constrain Catch of Pink Ling in the Eastern Zone
Prohibited: All methods unless the holder is subject to a condition to retain no more than 25 per cent of their total pink ling (Genypterus blacodes) quota (caught or uncaught) in waters east of Longitude 147° East at any time.
1.021 June 2016GPX LInkKML linkZip file

Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (Closures) Direction No. 1 2014 – (F2014L01198): Coorong Dolphin Zone – Dolphin Strategy

ScheduleDescriptionVersionDate createdGPXKMLMIFSHP
01 – Coorong Dolphin ZoneLocation: South Australia
Reason: Protect dolphins
Prohibited: Gillnet methods
1.021 June 2016GPX LinkKML linkZip file

Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (Closures) Direction No. 11 2013 – Flinders Research Zone – amended closure (FL2013L01827) : Flinders Research Zone – amended closure

ScheduleDescriptionVersionDate createdGPXKMLMIFSHP
S01 - Flinders Research Zone ClosureLocation: Eastern Bass Strait
Reason: Protect Upper-Slope dogfish
Prohibited: All fishing methods
1.021 June 2016GPX fileKML fileZip file

Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (Closures) Direction No. 6 2013 (FL2013L00632) – Western Deepwater Shark Closure

ScheduleDescriptionVersionDate createdGPXKMLMIFSHP
S01 - Western Deepwater Shark AreaLocation: Area west of King Island and Tasmania
Reason: To provide access for otter trawl method to deepwater shark basket (west). However, if 25 tonnes of orange roughy (western) is taken during the fishing season, all trawl methods will be prohibited in this area for the remainder of that season.
1.021 Jun 2016GPX LinkKML linkZip file

CMM 4.03 Conservation and Management Measure for the Management of Bottom Fishing in the SPRFMO Convention Area

ScheduleDescriptionVersionDateFile
Bottom Fishing in the SPRFMO Convention AreaConservation and Management Measure for the
Management of Bottom Fishing in the SPRFMO Convention Area
4.0329 April 2016Zip

Defined by conditions in High Seas Permits for fishing in SIOFA Area of Waters

ScheduleDescriptionVersionDateFile
SIOFA Area of WaterDefined by conditions in High Seas Permits for fishing in SIOFA Area of Waters.1.02013Zip