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Apollo Marine Park
IUCN Category VI (Managed Resource Protected Area)
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Map showing the Apollo Marine Park
Location Bass Strait, Australia
Nearest town Apollo Bay, Victoria
Area 1,184 km2 (457 sq mi)
Established 31 August 2007 (2007-08-31)
Governing body Parks Australia

The Apollo Marine Park (previously known as the Apollo Commonwealth Marine Reserve) is an Australian Marine Park located in Bass Strait off the coast of Victoria and near Tasmania's King Island. The marine park was established in 2007 and covers an area of 1,184 km2 (457 sq mi). It is managed as part of the South-east Marine Parks Network.

One of the reserve's features includes the Otway Depression, a 100 m deep undersea valley joining the Bass Basin to the open ocean. This valley was an outlet channel for the ancient Bass Lake and mainland river systems, which existed during the last ice age.

Protection

The Apollo Marine Park has been assigned IUCN protected area category VI and is wholly zoned as 'Multiple Use'.

The following table is a summary of the 'Multiple Use Zone' of the marine park:

Zone IUCN Activities permitted Area
(km2)
Recreational fishing Commercial fishing Mining
Multiple Use VI Yes with approval with approval 1,184

Shipwrecks

The MS City of Rayville is located within the marine reserve near Cape Otway. It was the first American vessel sunk during World War II.

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