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 Description Version Date created GPX KML MIF SHP
All schedules All included in a single zip file 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S01 - Murat Bay Location: Coastal Waters off South Australia Reason: Protect stocks of Australian sea lions, bronze whalers, pink snapper and mulloway Prohibited: Gillnet methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S02 - Bass Strait - Trawl Closure Location: Bass Strait Reason: Protect school and gummy shark habitat Prohibited: Demersal otter trawl methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S03 - Head Of GAB Location: Great Australian Bight, South Australia Reason: Protect breeding school shark and Australian sea lion populations Prohibited: All fishing methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S04 - East Coast Deepwater Trawl Sector Exclusion Zone Location: Offshore east coast of Australia Reason: Protect benthic habitats Prohibited: Trawl methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S05 - SA Gillnet Closure - Backstairs Passage Location: Great Australian Bight, South Australia Reason: Protect breeding school shark and Australian sea lion populations Prohibited: Gillnet methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S06 - SA Shark Closure - Kangaroo Island Location: Kangaroo Island, South Australia Reason: Protect breeding school shark and Australian sea lion populations Prohibited: All fishing methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S07 - SA Shark Closure - Victor harbor to Victorian Border Location: Inshore Victoria Reason: Protect breeding school shark and Australian sea lion populations Prohibited: All fishing methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S08 - Freycinet CMR Closure Location: 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. 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S09 - Murray CMR Closures - East & West Location: 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. 1 21 June 2016 GPX file East KMZ link
West KML file
Zip file
S10 - Gulper Shark Closure - Southern Dogfish Location: South Australia Reason: Protect Upper-Slope dogfish Prohibited: Hook and Trawl methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S11 - Gulper Shark Closure - Endeavour Dogfish Location: Waters off Sydney in the area of the submarine cable protection zones Reason: Protect Upper-Slope dogfish Prohibited: All fishing methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S12 - Gulper Shark Closure - Harrisson's Dogfish Location: East Bass Strait Reason: Protect Upper-Slope dogfish Prohibited: All fishing methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S13 - South East Trawl Deepwater Closure Location: Area from New South Wales to South Australia Reason: Protect orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Trawl methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S14 - Eastern SA - Trawl Closure Location: Eastern South Australia Reason: Reduce the catch of juvenile scalefish and protect structured benthic habitat Prohibited: Demersal otter trawl methods 1 21 June 2016 GPS file KMZ file Zip file
S15 - Portland Area Trawl Closure Location: Coastal waters, west of Portland, South Australia Reason: Reduce the catch of juvenile scalefish and protect structured benthic habitat Prohibited: Demersal otter trawl methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S16 - GAB Deepwater Closure - Central East Zone Location: Great Australian Bight, South Australia and Western Australia Reason: Protect deep water species and orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Demersal otter trawl methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S17 - GAB Deepwater Closure - Salisbury Canyon Location: Great Australian Bight, South Australia and Western Australia Reason: Protect deep water species and orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Demersal otter trawl methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S18 - GAB Deepwater Closure - Far West Location: Great Australian Bight, South Australia and Western Australia Reason: Protect deep water species and orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Demersal otter trawl methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S19 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - Albany Location: Great Australian Bight (West), Western Australia Reason: Protect orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Trawl methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S20 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - Bremmer Location: Great Australian Bight (West), Western Australia Reason: Protect orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Trawl methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S21 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - Humdinger West Location: Great Australian Bight (West), Western Australia Reason: Protect orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Trawl methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S22 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - Humdinger_Magic Location: Great Australian Bight (West), Western Australia Reason: Protect orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Trawl methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S23 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - Lomvar Gully Location: Great Australian Bight (East), South Australia Reason: Protect orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Trawl methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S24 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - United Nations Location: Great Australian Bight (East), South Australia Reason: Protect orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Trawl methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S25 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - The Knob Location: Great Australian Bight (East), South Australia Reason: Protect orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Trawl methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S26 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - Racetrack_Hamburger Location: Great Australian Bight (East), South Australia Reason: Protect orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Trawl methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S27 - GAB Orange Roughy Zone - Kangaroo Island Hill Location: Great Australian Bight (East), South Australia Reason: Protect orange roughy stocks Prohibited: Trawl methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S28 - GAB Far West Gulper Shark Closure Location: Great Australian Bight (West), South Australia Reason: Protect Upper-Slope dogfish Prohibited: Trawl methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S29 - Barcoo and Taupo Seamount Closures Location: 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. 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML Barcoo file
KML Taupo file
Zip file
S30 - QLD and Britannia Seamounts Closure Location: Area off southern Queensland Reason: Protect Upper-Slope dogfish Prohibited: All fishing methods except hydraulic hand reel droplining. 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S31 - Derwent Hunter Seamount Closure Location: Area off mid New South Wales Reason: Protect Upper-Slope dogfish Prohibited: All fishing methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S32 - Port MacDonnell Closure Location: Area off south eastern Australia Reason: Protect Upper-Slope dogfish Prohibited: All fishing methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S33 - Murray Dogfish Closure Location: 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. 1 21 June 2016 GPx file KML file Zip file
S34 - Pedra Branca Orange Roughy Management Area Location: 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. 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S35 - Australian Sea lion Closures Location: South Australia Reason: Protect Australian sea lions Prohibited: Gillnet methods 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S36 - Gillnet Deepwater Closure Location: AFZ in deep waters within the SESSF Reason: Protect breeding school shark populations Prohibited: Gillnet Deepwater Closure 1 21 June 2016 GPX file KML file Zip file
S37 - Automatic Longline Shallow Water Closure Location: AFZ in shallow waters within the SESSF Reason: Protect school and gummy sharks Prohibited: Automatic baiting equipment 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)

Schedule Description Version Date GPX KML MIF SHP
S01- ORMA Closes 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. 1.0 21 June 16 GPX File KML 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