PONTA DO OURO PARTIAL MARINE RESERVE
The Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve (PPMR) was gazetted in 14 July 2009 (Decree 42/2009). The Reserve has a total area of 678 km2, and was proclaimed with the objective of “preserving and protecting marine and coastal species and their habitats”. These include vegetated dunes (amongst the highest in the world!), sandy beaches, sub-tidal rocky reefs with extensive coral communities, tidal flats, mangroves and seagrass beds. Iconic species in the reserve include marine turtles (4 species of which 2 nest in the reserve), dolphins, whales, the rare and endangered dugong, the whale shark and a diverse and interesting reef fauna.
LOCATION & LIMITS
The PPMR is located in southern Mozambique (Matutuine district) and is an important component of Maputaland's Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area. The Reserve starts at the hight tide mark and extends (in the Indian Ocean side), as far out as 3 nm. The southern limit is the border with South Africa, and it runs north to include Inhaca and Portuguese islands, from which it extends south all the way to the the Maputo river mouth. In the Maputo Bay side, the reserve extends from the high tide mark up to 1 nm. Therefore, the marine reserve at Inhaca/Portuguese islands have been incorporated into the PPMR. The Reserve's headquarters is located in Ponta do Ouro, but outposts exists at Ponta Milibangalala and one is to be established in Machangulo. - Text by John F
DOLPHINS & WHALES
Swimming with marine mammals is NOT allowed in the reserve unless with one of the permitted operators. Vessels including kayaks are not permitted to approach within 300m.
Limited ONLY to those for fishing and all vessels are to stay 300m from all marine mammals and whales sharks.
The chumming for any species is not permitted.
Please do not approach nesting females. Turn off beach front lighting between October and February.
Scuba diving only permitted with one of the registered operators.
The flying of drones is not permitted in the reserve.
No bottom fishing or catching of shark permitted. Bill fishing requires a permit. The Reserve supports catch and release.
Driving on the beach is not permitted. Remove you rubbish off the beach.
PURCHASING & HARVESTING OF ANIMAL PRODUCTS
The harvesting of shells, ornimental fish and coral is not permitted. Please do not support the local curios in purchasing animal products
Ocean Safari tours are not permitted to approach marine mammals and megafauna within 300m. Any vessel found to do so will be reported to the authorities and the relevant action will be taken.