Great Australian Bight Marine National Park

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Great Australian Bight Marine National Park
South Australia
IUCN category II (national park)
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Coastline typical of that which adjoins the Great Australian Bight Marine National Park
Great Australian Bight Marine National Park is located in South Australia
Great Australian Bight Marine National Park
Great Australian Bight Marine National Park
Nearest town or city Ceduna[1]
Coordinates 31°34′00″S 131°08′05″E / 31.56667°S 131.13472°E / -31.56667; 131.13472Coordinates: 31°34′00″S 131°08′05″E / 31.56667°S 131.13472°E / -31.56667; 131.13472
Established 26 September 1996[1]
Area 1,233.22 km2 (476.1 sq mi)[1]
Managing authorities Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
See also Protected areas of South Australia

Great Australian Bight Marine National Park is a protected area in South Australia located 918 km (570 mi) west of the Adelaide city centre. The park was proclaimed under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 (SA) by the South Australian Government on 26 September 1996 principally to protect the calving waters of the Southern right whale and the Australian sea lion populations. It consists of two sections occupying the ocean immediately adjoining the coastline up to a distance of 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) and extending from the Western Australia border in the west to a locality known as the Tchalingaby Sandhills in the east. The gap between the two sections is also a protected area known as the Great Australian Bight Marine Park Whale Sanctuary which was proclaimed on 22 June 1995 under the Fisheries Act 1982 (SA). The national park is also part of the group of marine protected areas which are located together in waters within Australian and South Australian jurisdictions within the Great Australian Bight and which is collectively known as the Great Australian Bight Marine Park. Since late 2012, the national park and the whale sanctuary have also been within the boundaries of the Far West Coast Marine Park.[2][3][4]

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  1. ^ a b c "Protected Areas Information System - reserve list (as of 17 Feb 2014)". Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Great Australian Bight Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters) Management Plan 2005-2012. Director of National Parks, Commonwealth of Australia. 2005. p. 3. ISBN 0 642 550794. 
  3. ^ Edyvane, K. (1998b). Great Australian Bight Marine Park Management Plan, Part B, Resource Information. Department for Environment, Heritage and Aboriginal Affairs, South Australia. pp. v & 3. 
  4. ^ Far West Coast Marine Park Management Plan 2012. Department for Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR). 2012. pp. 3, 25, 27 & 29.