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Namaqua National Park MPA

The Namaqua National Park Marine Protected Area (MPA) is one of three new MPAs within South African National Parks (SANParks) which were gazetted by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) on 23 May 2019. This declaration was the culmination of many years of work by South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), SANParks, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the DFFE. These MPAs came into effect on 1 August 2019.

Photos by Peter Chadwick


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Summary of Regulated Activities

  • Inshore Restricted Zones: Groenrivier (GIRZ), Jaar se baai (JIRZ), Kwas se baai (KIRZ), Bitterrivier (BrIRZ), Boulderbaai (BIRZ)
    • No fishing from land or vessel
    • All fishing gear stowed
    • No firearms
    • Scuba diving with a permit
  • Inshore Controlled Zones: Delwerskamp (DICZ), Abjoel (AICZ), Bamboeskamp (BbICZ), Boulderbaai (BICZ), Policmans helmet (PICZ)
    • Resource use activities (fishing, bait collection etc) allowed only between sunrise and sunset
    • Line fishing with permit
    • Bait collecting with permit
    • Rock lobster fishing with permit
    • All other fishing gear stowed
    • No fishing from vessel
    • No firearms
  • Eiland punt (EPICZ)
    • Rock lobster fishing allowed
    • No bait collecting
    • No other fishing
    • No firearms
  • Namaqua Offshore restricted zone (NORZ)
    • No fishing
    • No anchoring
    • Minimum speed 5 knots
    • All fishing gear stowed
    • Scuba diving with a permit
    • No firearms

For a full set of the regulations view the Government Gazette 42479 (No. R. 794) 2019.

Additional Information

Please ensure that you are aware of all the regulations pertaining to the MPAs and that you are in possession of the relevant permits should you be undertaking any activities requiring such. Permit applications can be done at Groenrivier Coastal Rest Camp and Skilpad Rest Camp Offices.

For enquiries, contact us on +27 (0)27 531 1015.

Namaqua National Park is committed to enforcing the regulations pertaining to this Act. Help us protect our seas and coastlines by reporting offenders by calling: +27 (0)27 531 1015.