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Jervis Bay Marine Park

Location and size

Jervis Bay Marine Park is approximately 180km south of Sydney and 20km southeast of Nowra in the Batemans marine bioregion. It spans over 100km of coastline and adjacent ocean extending from Kinghorn Point in the north to Sussex Inlet in the south and includes most of Jervis Bay.

The park covers an area of approximately 21 100 hectares.

The zoning plan for Jervis Bay Marine Park is as follows:

On 26 May 2011, the NSW Government abolished the new zoning plan implemented by the former government on 1 March 2011. The original zoning plan in place since 2002 has now been restored.

An independent scientific audit into the effectivenss of marine park zoning arrangements and thorough community consultation will occur before any future zoning changes are implemented.

Note: Percentages for zones may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

Date established

The NSW Government established the park in 1998.

Special features

There are a variety of habitats represented in the park. It is home to a unique mix of tropical and temperate species including the weedy sea-dragon, eastern blue devil fish, whale, bottlenose dolphin, little penguin, fur seal and the endangered grey nurse shark.

Indigenous people have had strong ties to the Jervis Bay area over thousands of years and there are many sites of cultural significance to them within the marine park.

Recreational and commercial use

This popular marine park caters for a broad range of recreational and commercial activities while conserving marine biodiversity. Recreational activities include fishing, scuba diving, boating, surfing and other beach pursuits.
The Royal Australian Navy uses Jervis Bay for training, including a small area within the marine park.

 

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