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Restricted Areas - Aquaculture Fisheries Reserves

Marine aquaculture has been established in Port Phillip Bay and Western Port for around 30 years.

Aquaculture is undertaken within individual aquaculture farming sites (Crown leases), ranging from 3ha to 27ha located within nine Aquaculture Fisheries Reserves (AFRs).

Aquaculture Fisheries Reserves are clearly identified with yellow special marks (piles or buoys) with 'AQUACULTURE' inscribed in black lettering on the X top mark and yellow synchronised lights placed at the external boundaries (see  image below).

Crown leases within AFRs are not accessible to the general public and lease holders install orange floats to mark the boundaries (see diagram below).

For further information and a copy of the Code of Conduct, visit Marine Aquaculture Fisheries Reserves or contact the DEPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

Aquaculture Fisheries Reserves (piles or buoys) Diagram of Aquaculture Fisheries Reserves schematic showing four Crown leases

Aquaculture Fisheries Reserves (piles or buoys)

   Crown leases within AFRs


Aquaculture Fisheries Reserves in Port Phillip Bay and Western Port.

Port Phillip Bay and Western Port map