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Western rock lobster

Sanctuary zones protect all the different marine plants and animals (not just fish).

Sanctuary zones protect and conserve important habitats such coral reefs, seagrass meadows, mangroves, rocky shores, sandy sea bottoms and are often alongside islands where seabirds, turtles, sea lions and penguins go ashore to breed.

Sanctuary zones provide safe places for threatened marine animals and protect nursery areas for rock lobsters and schooling areas for fish.

Sanctuary zones provide sites for scientists to monitor relatively undisturbed marine environments, so they can compare these to areas alongside them where activities like fishing are allowed.

Sanctuary zones are great places to enjoy snorkelling or diving and see the marine environment in an undisturbed healthy state, with the full range of different marine plants and animals.

Cod - Photo: Eric Matson AIMS