Spring break for Ewens Ponds
Ewens Ponds will soon be closing for its annual spring break, with all water based activities including diving and snorkelling off limits. The ponds will be closed from Sunday 1 September 2019 until Monday 2 December 2019.
National Parks Senior Ranger Aidan Laslett said the annual spring closure has taken place for the past six years, and is timed to coincide with the growing period for aquatic plants. “The annual spring closure gives the ponds system and the unique aquatic life in it the chance to rest and recover before the influx of visitors over summer.” he said.
The Department for Environment and Water has recently taken steps to further conserve this area for visitors and the unique species that call the ponds home, including the endangered Ewens Pygmy Perch (Nannoperca variegata).
“The Department has recently introduced a permit system for snorkelling and diving with the aim of ensuring the conservation and sustainable use of the ponds. The temporary closure and new permit system improves visitor experience by providing healthier plant life for snorkellers and divers to enjoy this summer,” Mr Laslett said.
Once reopened visitors to Ewens Ponds are reminded to book online prior to diving or snorkelling.
For more information on Limestone Coast parks, see the National Parks & Wildlife SA website or contact National Parks & Wildlife Service Limestone Coast on (08) 8735 1177.