Immerse yourself in SA’s marine parks this summer

Date posted: 28 December 2016

Hon Ian Hunter MLC
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

Register now for the Immerse Yourself summer holiday marine activities programme to connect with and discover South Australia’s underwater world.

Family-friendly marine parks activities will be ramped up this summer, so more people can enjoy the network of marine parks that are helping preserve our incredible marine environment.

Activities will include snorkelling days, guided tours of SA’s coasts, building sand castle competitions, recreational fishing, seagrass planting and kayaking events – which are free or very affordable. For details and to register visit www.marineparks.sa.gov.au.

Background

The Immerse Yourself Programme is jointly funded by State and Australian Governments as well as Natural Resources Boards across SA, and aims to increase the number of people involved in fun and educational activities in marine parks.

Marine parks are designed to protect plants and animals and the marine environment where they live. In marine parks there are sanctuary zones - just like our national parks on land.

Sanctuary zones give marine life a safe place to go about their business of breeding, caring for young and growing to adulthood. Sanctuary zones are natural places where people can boat, swim, snorkel and dive but fishing is not allowed.

Quotes attributable to Environment Minister Ian Hunter

Summer is a perfect time to cool off in South Australia’s picturesque beaches and learn about our unique marine environments – last summer this great programme saw more than 4,000 participants take part in 40 activities across the State and this year we anticipate even more.

The State’s 19 marine parks and 83 sanctuary zones are home to Australia’s most iconic species such as bottlenose dolphins, leafy sea dragons and Australian fur seals, as well as mangrove forests and seagrass meadows.

Make the most of your local marine park this summer and immerse yourself in SA’s incredible underwater world to see nature at its best.