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 the state’s future.
Protecting nursery areas and other critical habitats will result in stronger, healthier fish populations in the long term, and what is good for fish is also good for the marine food chain and for both recreational and commercial fishing.
The sanctuary zones within marine parks are important for conservation, and do not allow mining, dredging, aquaculture or trawling. Fishing will also be phased out by 1 October 2014. This will give marine animals places to retreat for breeding, caring for young and growing to 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; and 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.
The Northern and Yorke Region will remain one of the best places in the state to enjoy nature and to get fresh, locally-caught seafood, whether you have reeled it in yourself or one of the local fishers has caught it for you.
Find out more about marine parks in the Yorke Peninsula and the Upper Spencer Gulf.