Marine parks

Marine parks

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Ever wanted to dive with Great White Sharks or swim with sea-lions or dolphins? Have you ever seen a majestic Blue Groper swimming in its natural habitat or witnessed the world’s largest cuttlefish aggregation? What about seeing the world’s smallest sea star or the endangered Southern Right Whale? If that’s not your thing, how about a fishing trip or a tour on the Eyre Peninsula Seafood Trail to stock up on some of our world class tasty seafood? Well, you can do all of this and more in Eyre Peninsulas spectacular Marine Parks. 

Check out some of the beautiful Australian Geographic footage of Almonta and Gunyah beaches in Thorny Passage Marine Park

To help protect both our native species and the beautiful marine environment they call home, South Australia has created a system of marine parks as an investment in our state’s future. Protecting nursery areas and other critical habitats can only result in stronger, healthier fish populations in the long term. What is good for the fish is also good for their marine food chains and is a great outcome for our recreational and commercial fishing.

The sanctuary zones within marine parks are important for conservation, and do not allow mining, dredging, aquaculture or trawling. Fishing is also being phased out from 1 October 2014. This will give marine animals places to retreat for breeding, as well as enabling the young animals to reach adulthood. It also provides opportunities for nature-based tourism, education and research.

Marine park sanctuary zones have been carefully designed to avoid popular recreational fishing areas; access to jetties, boat ramps and popular beaches won't be affected. The sanctuary zones only take up six per cent of South Australian waters, leaving plenty of places to wet a line.

There are just so many things that you can do to enjoy our marine parks. Whether you are a fisherman, a nature lover or both, dive into our marine parks and enjoy and respect Eyre Peninsulas amazing coastal and marine environment.