Rottnest Island Marine Reserve

Positioned within the path of the Leeuwin Current, Rottnest Island Marine Reserve has about 360 species of fishes. The majority of these are temperate and cool water species, however about 140 are small tropical fishes. The reefs around Rottnest also support at least 25 species of tropical hard corals – some of the southernmost corals in Australia.

The waters of the Rottnest Island Marine Reserve cover approximately 3,800 hectares in area. Within these waters, five marine sanctuary zones have been established to help conserve the marine environments of Rottnest Island. Fishing and/or collecting marine life, is prohibited in these areas.