Papua New Guinea is committed to the establishment of a network of marine protected areas
to fulfil national and international commitments. In order to assist this, the conservation
priority areas analysis identified a range of areas of high conservation interest in the PNG
marine environment, based on the principles of comprehensiveness, adequacy,
representation and resilience (CARR). The analysis collated available national-scale data on
biodiversity features and biodiversity surrogates.
The corals reefs of Australia and Papua New Guinea cover 19% of the world’s total reef area and contain levels of biological diversity approaching the ‘hot spots’ of the Philippines and Indonesia; Human pressures on these reefs are lower than in other parts of the world (particularly SE Asia).
The National Fisheries Authority, under Section 28 of the Fisheries Management
Act 1998 and by Section 4 (1) of The Fisheries (Torres Strait Protected Zone) Act
1984, Chapter 411 set out the Torres Strait and Western Province tropical rock
lobster Management Plan. This plan takes effect from the date of notification in
the National Gazette.