Shipwreck Protected Zones

Vic Fishing Rec Guide 2015 

Protected zones are declared for 9 fragile and highly significant historic shipwrecks.

It is an offence to enter, anchor, fish, trawl or dive in a protected zone without a permit. People found within a protected zone without a permit can be issued with on-the-spot fines of over $295 and multiple fines can be issued if more than one offence is detected. If prosecuted, people may be issued with fines of more than $7000.

The protected zones are (WGS 84):

HMVS Cerebus0.5 h rectangle -37. 967382; 145. 007876
SS City of Launceston
500 m radius
-38. 076829; 144. 826321
100 m radius
-38. 202570; 144. 723253
100 m radius
-38. 207960; 144. 730102
Will O' The Wisp 
50 m radius
-38. 241498; 144. 701159
William Salthouse 
250 m radius
-38. 272943; 144. 705493
SS Alert 
500 m radius
-38. 486944; 144. 750556
PS Clonmel 
50 m radius
-38. 744000; 146. 677800

SS Glenelg 
500 m radius

-38. 552400; 147. 2074000

Other shipwrecks

All shipwrecks 75 years and older are declared historic under State and Commonwealth legislation. Historic shipwrecks are fragile structures that often have weakened and vulnerable hull remains due to their long submersion underwater.

Anglers are allowed to fish near historic shipwreck sites that aren't in protected zones. However, anglers should be careful about placement of their anchors (and also weighted shot lines) because it is illegal to interfere with, damage or destroy historic shipwrecks and their relics and severe penalties apply.

Shipwreck protected zones map