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Goose Island Aquatic Reserve
South Australia
IUCN Category II (National Park)
Nearest town or city Port Victoria
Established 1 December 1971 (1971-12-01)
Area 51 hectares (130 acres)
Managing authorities Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA)
Footnotes Coordinates
Nearest town
See also Protected areas of South Australia

Goose Island Aquatic Reserve is a marine protected area in the Australian state of South Australia located in waters adjoining the following island located in Spencer Gulf immediately north of Wardang Island and west of the town of Port Victoria - Goose Island, Little Goose Island and White Rock Island.

It was declared on 30 November 1971 to provide “a conservation area where teaching institutions may conduct classes and scientific research on marine biology and ecology and to protect the habitat of the seal colony situated on White Rocks.” Activities such as fishing and the collection or removal of any marine organism is prohibited, while the following activities are permitted - use of boats, swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. The aquatic reserve covered all of the waters within a 100 metres (330 feet) of Goose Island, Little Goose Island and White Rock Island.

Since 2012, it has been located within the boundaries of a “sanctuary zone” within the Eastern Spencer Gulf Marine Park.

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

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