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Dive into Eyre Peninsula’s Marine Parks these holidays

News release
23 December 2014

Why not dive into Eyre Peninsula’s marine parks these holidays and see which lies beneath the surface.

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula is encouraging locals and visitors to get back to nature and enjoy what marine parks have to offer.
Marine Parks Regional Coordinator Shelley Harrison said the Eyre Peninsula region provides access to 10 of the state’s 19 marine parks, more than any other region in the state.
“There are just so many things you can do in a marine park - whether you are a nature lover, a fisher or an adventure seeker, Eyre Peninsula’s marine parks have plenty to offer,” Ms Harrison said.
“Eyre Peninsula marine parks are within easy reach of Ceduna, Streaky Bay, Port Lincoln, Coffin Bay, Tumby Bay, Cowell and Whyalla.
“Why not go camping under the stars and catch a fish to feed the family. Or snorkel with a majestic blue groper, kayak in the protected bays and admire the wildlife, surf a wave on the more exposed coasts or catch a tasty tuna, blue crab or whiting.

“For the more adventurous, try an ecotourism tour, swim with Australian Sea-Lions, dolphins or Great White Sharks.

“If you have young children, get them outdoors and tick off some activities in the awesome Nature Play SA passports .”
To help visitors enjoy their visit, there are a few simple things to remember:

Sanctuary Zones

  • Sanctuary zones exist in all of SA’s marine parks and play an important role in keeping the marine environment healthy.
  • People can fish in marine parks – just not the sanctuary zones.
  • Restrictions apply to mining, aquaculture, dredging, fishing, collecting and motorised water sports within sanctuary zones. But people can still enter and pass through sanctuary zones.
  • Sanctuary zones do apply to popular recreational fishing areas, nor do they impact access to jetties, boat ramps and popular beaches.
  • Familiarise yourself with sanctuary zones prior to fishing. Brochures are available online at www.marineparks.sa.gov.au or at Natural Resource Centres. You can also get the free My Parx app or use the PIRSA rec fish app, or read the signs at popular boat ramps.

For more information on our local parks visit the Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre in Adelaide Place or the Natural Resources Centre (weekdays only) at 86 Tasman Terrace or visit www.landscape.sa.gov.au/ep/coast-and-marine/marine-parks

More information

Di DeLaine

8688 3111