Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) MPA is located on the Cape Peninsula in the Western Cape and was proclaimed in 2004 under the MLRA. The MPA is located in a transition zone between the south Western Cape bioregion and the Agulhas bioregion, supporting a rich diversity of marine species. It is a culturally significant area as it contains fish traps, numerous wrecks and traditional fishing communities. The MPA is important for commercial fisheries- such as the West Coast rock lobster industry, components of which are based in the MPA – as well as recreational and subsistence fishers.

The TMNP MPA has six (6) restricted areas (No Take Zones) within its boundaries along with 3 harbours ie;

  • Simons Town,
  • Kalk Bay and
  • Hout Bay,

as well as small vessel launching sites ie;

  • Witsands,
  • Kommetjie,
  • Millers Point,
  • Simons Town,
  • Buffels Bay and
  • Granger Bay.

Due to its proximity to Cape Town, there are high levels of tourism, recreational activities as well as research and education in the MPA. Internationally renowned tourist attractions within the MPA include Cape Point and the Boulders African penguin colony. Threatened and protected species supported within the MPA include white sharks, abalone, African penguins and several over-exploited line fish species, such as poenskop and red steenbras.

Managed by:

MPA established date:

Length of coastline protected:
127 km

Area of ocean protected:
984 km²


  • To protect and conserve marine ecosystems and populations of marine species;
  • To protect the reproductive capacity of commercially important species of fish, including abalone, rock lobster and traditional line fish and to allow their populations to recover, and
  • To promote ecotourism within the MPA

Managed by:

Contact details for MPA office:
Contact person: Mr Ralph Kelly
Phone: 021 783 0234
Email: Ralph.Kelly@sanparks.org