Navigation Restriction - Coffs Harbour - Offshore Waters, Tasman

Offshore Waters, Tasman Sea Adjacent To Muttonbird Island
7 February 2013 – Ongoing
Sunrise To Sunset Daily


Vessel operators are advised that Roads and Maritime Services has declared an Special Event/ Exclusive Use Area on the offshore waters of the Tasman Sea adjacent to Muttonbird Island, Coffs Harbour (as depicted in the attached diagram), pursuant to Section 12(2) of the Marine Safety Act 1998 between sunrise and sunset 7 days a week from 7 February 2012 to 6 February 2014.


Due to the potential to affect the safety of navigation, Roads and Maritime has granted an Exclusive Use Aquatic Licence to Pesami Pty Ltd T/A Coffs Harbour Jet Ski & Leisure Hire to conduct operations, and the Special Event/Exclusive Use Area (‘the Area’) will be established on the navigable offshore waters of the Tasman Sea, bounded by;

  1. Western Boundary - parallel to shoreline and 200 metres offshore from the low water mark on North Wall Beach towards Coffs Creek.
  2. Northern Boundary – 100 metres south of Little Muttonbird Island and continuing east to a point intersecting an imaginary line directly north from Pebbly Beach on Muttonbird Island.
  3. Eastern Boundary – starting from the intersection point with the northern boundary and continuing in a straight line south, ending 200m from Muttonbird Island.
  4. Southern Boundary – intersecting the western and eastern boundaries and maintaining a 200 metre clearance from the shoreline of Muttonbird Island, the Northern Breakwall, and the exposed reef area adjacent to the Northern Breakwall;
  5. Entry and exit Corridor –  of not more than 100 metres in width extending generally southeast of the operation’s land base on Park Beach.

The Area will be in operation between sunrise and sunset, 7 days a week. The Area will be marked by three coloured buoys (pink, orange, yellow or white) on its western boundary and a central zone marker (a yellow, white or orange spar 1.5m above the water surface with a red flag).


Roads and Maritime advises:

  • Persons within the vicinity of the Area must comply with any directions given by a Boating Safety Officer or Police Officer in relation to the Area or to marine safety.  Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00).
  • No unauthorised vessels are permitted to enter the Area and to do so may be an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.12(6) — Maximum Penalty $1,100.00) 


RMS Boating Map –  Map 3A

For further information concerning this Navigation Advice, please contact the Senior Boating Safety Officer, Roads and Maritime Services on 0427 751 852


Map of restricted area
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