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Murray Commonwealth Marine Reserve
IUCN Category VI (Managed Resource Protected Area)
Location Indian Ocean, Australia
Nearest town Victor Harbor, South Australia
Area 25,803 km2 (9,963 sq mi)
Established August 31, 2007 (2007-08-31)
Governing body Parks Australia (Commonwealth of Australia)

Murray Commonwealth Marine Reserve is a 25,803 km2 marine protected area within Australian waters located off the coast of South Australia. The reserve was established in 2007 and is part of the South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserve Network.

The reserve features the Murray Canyon which descends to 4,600 m (15,100 ft) below sea level and stretches for more than 150 km (93 mi). The southern right whale uses the inshore area of the reserve to nurse its young.


Most of the Murray marine reserve area is IUCN protected area category VI, however there are multiple zoned areas within the reserve with different protection classifications.

Zone IUCN Activities permitted Area
Recreational fishing Commercial fishing Mining
Marine National Park II No No No 12,749
Special Purpose VI Yes No with approval 7,147
Multiple Use VI Yes with approval with approval 5,907
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