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.

Click on a fishery or closure direction to download maps

Commonwealth Fishery Maps

Fishery Version Date KML SHP
Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
Coral Sea 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
Eastern Tuna and Billfish 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
Heard Island and MacDonald Islands 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
Macquarie Island 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
Norfolk Island Inshore 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
Norfolk Island Offshore 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
North West Slope 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
Northern Prawn 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
SESS Commonwealth Traw 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
SESS East Coast Deepwater 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
SESS Gillnet Hook Trap 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
SESS Great Australian Bight 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
SESS Scalefish Hook 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
SESS 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
Small Pelagic 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
Southern Squid Jig 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
Torres Strait 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
Torres Strait Bêche-de-mer 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
Torres Strait Crab 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
Torres Strait Dugong 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
Torres Strait Finfish 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
Torres Strait Pearl Shell 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
Torres Strait Prawn 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
Torres Strait Rock Lobster 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
Torres Strait Spanish Mackerel 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
Torres Trochus 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
Torres Strait Turtle 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
Western Deep Water 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file
Western Tuna and Billfish 1 20 Feb 2018 KML file Zip file

Northern Prawn Fishery (Closures) Direction No. 171

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

Northern Prawn Fishery (Closures) Direction No. 169

Schedule Description Version Date GPX KMZ MIF SHP
All Schedules 1 2 May 2017
GPX File KMZ File MIF File Zip File
S01 Part 1 Caledon
1 2 May 2017
GPX File KMZ File MIF File Zip File
S01 Part 2 Port Langdon
1 2 May 2017
GPX File KMZ File MIF File Zip File
S01 Part 3 North West
1 2 May 2017
GPX File KMZ File MIF File Zip File
S01 Part 4 Bartalumba
1 2 May 2017
GPX File KMZ File MIF File Zip File
S01 Part 5 Alyangula
1 2 May 2017
GPX File KMZ File MIF File Zip File
S01 Part 6 Dalumba
1 2 May 2017
GPX File KMZ File MIF File Zip File
S01 Part 7 Cape Shield
1 2 May 2017
GPX File KMZ File MIF File Zip File
S01 Part 8 Sir Edward Pellew
1 2 May 2017
GPX File KMZ File MIF File Zip File
S01 Part 9 Darwin Pt Blaze
1 2 May 2017
GPX File KMZ File MIF File Zip File
S01 Part 10 Pt Essington
1 2 May 2017
GPX File KMZ File MIF File Zip File
S01 Part 11 Mornington Island
1 2 May 2017
GPX File KMZ File MIF File Zip File
S01 Part 11 Mornington Island Benthic Survey A1
1 2 May 2017
GPX File KMZ File MIF File Zip File
S01 Part 11 Mornington Island Benthic Survey A2
1 2 May 2017
GPX File KMZ File MIF File Zip File
S01 Part 12 Arnhem
1 2 May 2017
GPX File KMZ File KMZ File Zip File

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

Schedule Version Date created GPX KML MIF SHP
All schedules 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S01 - Murat Bay 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S02 - Bass Strait - Trawl Closure 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S03 - Head Of GAB 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S04 - East Coast Deepwater Trawl Sector Exclusion Zone 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S05 - SA Gillnet Closure - Backstairs Passage 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S06 - SA Shark Closure - Kangaroo Island 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S07 - SA Shark Closure - Victor harbor to Victorian Border 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S08 - Freycinet CMR Closure 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S09 - Murray CMR Closures - East & West 1 21 June 2016 GPX file East KMZ link
West KML file
  Zip file
S10 - Gulper Shark Closure - Southern Dogfish 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S11 - Gulper Shark Closure - Endeavour Dogfish 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S12 - Gulper Shark Closure - Harrisson's Dogfish 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S13 - South East Trawl Deepwater Closure 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S14 - Eastern SA - Trawl Closure 1 21 June 2016 GPS file KMZ file   Zip file
S15 - Portland Area Trawl Closure 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S16 - GAB Deepwater Closure - Central East Zone 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S17 - GAB Deepwater Closure - Salisbury Canyon 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S18 - GAB Deepwater Closure - Far West 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S19 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - Albany 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S20 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - Bremmer 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S21 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - Humdinger West 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S22 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - Humdinger_Magic 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S23 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - Lomvar Gully 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S24 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - United Nations 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S25 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - The Knob 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S26 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - Racetrack_Hamburger 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S27 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - Kangaroo Island Hill 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S28 - GAB Far West Gulper Shark Closure 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S29 - Barcoo and Taupo Seamount Closures 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML Barcoo file
KML Taupo file
  Zip file
S30 - QLD and Britannia Seamounts Closure 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S31 - Derwent Hunter Seamount Closure 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S32 - Port MacDonnell Closure 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S33 - Murray Dogfish Closure 1 21 June 2016 GPx file KML file   Zip file
S34 - Pedra Branca Orange Roughy Management Area 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S35 - Australian Sea lion Closures 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S36 - Gillnet Deepwater Closure 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file   Zip file
S37 - Automatic Longline Shallow Water Closure 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML 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 File SHP File

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

Schedule Description Version Date created GPX KML MIF SHP
All Schedules All included in a single zip file 1.0 21 June 2016 GPX Link KML link Zip file
S01 - Maria Island Location: 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.
1.0 21 June 2016 GPX Link KML link Zip file
S02 - Seiners Horseshoe Location: 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.
1.0 21 June 2016 GPX Link KML link Zip file
S03 - Everard Horseshoe Location: 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.
1.0 21 June 2016 GPX LInk KML link Zip file

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

Schedule Description Version Date created GPX KML MIF SHP
S01 - Flinders Research Zone Closure Location: Eastern Bass Strait
Reason: Protect Upper-Slope dogfish
Prohibited: All fishing methods
1.0 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file

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

Schedule Description Version Date created GPX KML MIF SHP
S01 - Western Deepwater Shark Area Location: 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.
1.0 21 Jun 2016 GPX Link KML link Zip file

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

Schedule Description Version Date File
Bottom Fishing in the SPRFMO Convention Area Conservation and Management Measure for the
Management of Bottom Fishing in the SPRFMO Convention Area
4.03 29 April 2016 Zip

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

Schedule Description Version Date File
SIOFA Area of Water Defined by conditions in High Seas Permits for fishing in SIOFA Area of Waters. 1.0 2013
Zip file