The South Australian Government is implementing amendments to six marine park management plans, featuring important changes to fishing restrictions and environmental protections.
Following an independent review and public/stakeholder consultation process, the government has finalised a set of amendments to marine park management plans located at various locations along the state’s coastline.
The parliamentary amendment process has been finalised for the following two marine park management plans, which became operational on 1 January 2021:
The amendments made to the Encounter Marine Park Management Plan include the establishment of a new sanctuary zone at Port Stanvac and a new metropolitan shellfish reef at Glenelg, where fishing is prohibited until the reef is established.
Four other marine park management plan amendments are awaiting parliamentary process completion, expected in early-2021.
The Minister for Environment and Water, David Speirs has advised that in the meantime these marine park management plans will retain their existing zoning arrangements and current fishing rules will continue to apply at the following locations, until further notice:
- Nuyts Reef Sanctuary Zone
- Isles of St Francis Sanctuary Zone
- North Neptune Island Sanctuary Zone
- Cape de Couedic Sanctuary Zone
- Clinton Wetlands Sanctuary Zone
More information about the marine park management plan amendments can be found on the Department for Environment and Water’s website.