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 is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.


71. Marine biodiversity:

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

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

SASP specifies the following two measures for Target 71:

  • effectiveness of management of South Australia’s marine park network (2011 baseline); and
  • results from the marine parks network monitoring, evaluation and reporting program.

Progress on the first measure is detailed in the above table. 

The planning phase for South Australia’s marine parks is now completed. South Australia has a network of 19 marine parks – each with a management plan which includes the following management priorities:

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

The final zoning arrangements provide increased protection for some of South Australia’s iconic marine environments including:

  • Southern right whale breeding grounds and sea eagle nesting sites at the Bunda Cliffs (Great Australian Bight Marine Park);
  • Biodiversity “jewels in the crown” of South Australia's marine environment at the Isles of St Francis and Nuyts Reef (Nuyts Archipelago Marine Park);
  • Critical marine nursery areas in the mangroves and seagrasses (Upper Spencer Gulf and Upper Gulf St Vincent Marine Parks);
  • World class scuba diving at Top Gallant Isles (Investigator Marine Park);
  • Reef fish, Australian sea lion and New Zealand fur seal hotspots in the Pearson Islands Group (Investigator Marine Park);
  • Popular diving and snorkelling sites at Chinaman’s Hat, adjacent to Innes National Park (Southern Spencer Gulf Marine Park) and at Noarlunga Reef (Encounter Marine Park); and
  • Australian sea lion habitat at Seal Bay (Southern Kangaroo Island Marine Park).

The Government has begun to track progress and change in ecological condition in and around marine parks.  Data for many areas is limited but is expected to improve over time.

Regional Impact Assessment Statements for Ceduna, Kangaroo Island and Port Wakefield which investigate any economic and social impacts arising from establishing marine park sanctuary zones will be prepared by 1 October 2015. 

Lead Agency

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources