Marine activities focus
A variety of activities are planned in Port Lincoln and in Ceduna over the school holidays to raise awareness about our special marine environment.
At the Port Lincoln Library, on Wednesday, October 1, about 30 children will take part in a marine-themed story time session will be held with local Barngarla women talking about their traditional associations with the sea, country and sand art.
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Marine Parks Regional Coordinator Shelley Harrison said the library would also host a mini museum and art gallery throughout the school holidays, with bones, shells, canvas photos and art.
"We will also be at Oysterfest on Saturday and Sunday over the long weekend and will have activities for children there too," she said.
"Our display will provide an opportunity for locals and visitors to find out more about our marine parks in the region."
The planned activities coincide with Nature Play SA Week and marine park sanctuary zones coming into effect on October 1.
Ten of the state’s marine parks are in the Eyre Peninsula region, with sanctuary zones protecting the giant cuttlefish breeding area near Point Lowly, the great white shark dive area at Neptune Islands and Sleaford Bay where southern right whales breed.
"Restrictions on fishing in the sanctuary zones will come into effect on October 1," Shelley said.
"There are no changes to existing access to public jetties, breakwaters, boat ramps and popular beaches, including Sleaford Bay.
"Sanctuary zones include important breeding and nursery areas for some of our best–loved marine life."