South Australia's Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan's visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data has been updated as at December 2017.


71. Marine biodiversity:

Maintain the health and diversity of South Australia’s unique marine environments

Explanatory Comments

Marine park management plans came fully into force in October 2014.  Implementation of the plans is driven by the following management priorities:

  • protection (policy, planning, permitting and governance);
  • stewardship (education and community engagement)
  • compliance; and
  • performance (monitoring, evaluation and reporting program).

MEASURE 1: Effectiveness of Management

A key element of the Marine Parks Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (MER) program is to establish a baseline.  In 2016 Baseline reports for each of South Australia’s 19 marine parks were released via the marine parks and Enviro Data websites.  These baselines provide an invaluable snapshot in time to measure changes into the future and have been prepared to inform South Australia’s marine parks MER plan and guide ongoing monitoring activities of the Marine Parks MER program.         


MEASURE 2: Results from the marine parks network Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Program

Extent and condition of marine and coastal habitats in South Australia were reported in the 2016 Natural Resources Management Trend and Condition Report Cards using existing data from South Australia. Further details can be obtained from the series of report cards available on the envirodata website.

Monitoring activities will determine if ecological changes have occurred following full implementation of marine parks in October 2014 and fishing was prohibited inside sanctuary zones. Changes are expected to take many years to occur.

Lead Agency

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources