Now Closed

This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 29 May to 10 July 2020. Below is a record of the engagement.


We are seeking your feedback on proposed changes to South Australia’s marine parks.

What’s being decided?

The South Australian Government is proposing the following changes to South Australia’s marine parks:

  • Extensions to the outer boundaries of the Upper Gulf St Vincent Marine Park and Encounter Marine Park
  • Amendments to the following marine park management plans:
    • Upper Gulf St Vincent Marine Park 
    • Encounter Marine Park, including the new Port Stanvac Sanctuary Zone and the Metro Reef Sanctuary Zone off Glenelg
    • Nuyts Archipelago Marine Park 
    • Neptune Islands Group (Ron and Valerie Taylor) Marine Park 
    • Western Kangaroo Island Marine Park 
    • Upper South East Marine Park 

The proposed changes are expected to:

  • benefit the economies of regional communities through relaxing restrictions on commercial and recreational fishing
  • improve efficiency and flexibility for commercial fishing, particularly for the rock lobster and abalone industries which have been badly impacted by COVID-19
  • improve opportunities for recreational fishers
  • result in an overall increase in area protected by Sanctuary Zones

Get involved

To help inform your feedback, view the changes proposed to each marine park management plan in the summary of changes tab.

You can also look at the maps, draft management plan amendments and the impact statement report, available on the Marine Parks website.

To have your say:

SA Marine Parks Review
Department for Environment and Water
GPO Box 1047
Adelaide SA 5001

Please note: Your submissions and survey responses will be made publicly available in full on the Department for Environment and Water’s website unless you indicate on the submission or survey that you wish for these to remain confidential. Please also note that any responses that are made on a confidential basis may still be subject to access under Freedom of Information laws.

How can your input influence the decision?

Your input will help in finalising changes to South Australia’s marine parks later this year. 

What are the next steps?

Once public consultation has closed, comments will be collated and a consultation report will be made publically available. The Minister for Environment and Water will consider all feedback before finalising the amendments to the management plans. 

The approved changes, once authorised by the Governor, will be laid before Parliament for 14 sitting days.

Contact details

For further information:


Closing date: 5pm, Friday 10 July 2020


Comments made