Aldinga Reef Aquatic Reserve

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Aldinga Reef Aquatic Reserve
South Australia
IUCN category II (national park)
Aldinga Reef Aquatic Reserve is located in South Australia
Aldinga Reef Aquatic Reserve
Aldinga Reef Aquatic Reserve
Nearest town or city Aldinga Beach.
Coordinates 35°16′13″S 138°26′06″E / 35.2702°S 138.4350°E / -35.2702; 138.4350Coordinates: 35°16′13″S 138°26′06″E / 35.2702°S 138.4350°E / -35.2702; 138.4350
Established 1 December 1971 (1971-12-01)[1]
Area 6.16 km2 (2.4 sq mi)[2]
Managing authorities Primary Industries and Resources South Australia (PIRSA)
Footnotes Coordinates[2]
Nearest town[3]
See also Protected areas of South Australia

Aldinga Reef Aquatic Reserve is a marine protected area in the Australian state of South Australia located in waters adjoining the east coast of Gulf St Vincent including land within the intertidal zone in the suburbs of Aldinga Beach and Port Willunga about 40 kilometres (25 mi) south of the state capital of Adelaide.[3][4]

It was declared on 30 November 1971 to protect ‘aquatic plants and animals associated with the large intertidal limestone reef and the spectacular precipitous underwater cliff known as the ‘drop-off’ and the surrounding sandy substrate for the purposes of education and recreation’. ‘Fishing and collecting or removing any marine organism is prohibited’, however the following activities are permitted - use of boats, swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving and walking on intertidal reef exposed at low water. The reserve extends seaward a distance of about 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) around a headland named Snapper Point from Thomas Street, Aldinga Beach in the south and Seaborne Avenue, Port Willunga in the north.[1][4]

Since 2012, it has been located within the boundaries of a “sanctuary zone” within the Encounter Marine Park.[5]

The aquatic reserve is classified as an IUCN Category II protected area.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Aquatic Reserves (as part of the proclamation of the Fisheries Act 1971)" (PDF). South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. 30 November 1971. pp. 2263 – 2264. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Collaborative Australian Protected Area Database (CAPAD) - Marine Protected Areas in coastal waters of South Australia (refer "DETAIL' tab)". Australian Government, Department of the Environment (DoE). Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Search result for "Aldinga Reef Aquatic Reserve" with the following databases selected - "Suburbs and Localities" and "Aquatic Reserves"". Location SA Viewer. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) (2007), Aquatic Reserve: Aldinga Reef (PDF), Primary Industries and Regions South Australia, archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2014 
  5. ^ "Encounter Marine Park Management Plan 2012" (PDF). Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. pp. 10, 27, 36 and 38. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 

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