Jervis Marine Park is in an area famous for its clear waters and abundant marine life. The park is adjacent to the New South Wales Jervis Marine Park and Commonwealth Booderee National Park. Together these parks protect a wealth of naturally and culturally important places including land and sea country of the Wreck Bay people, the Traditional Owners.

Undersea canyons cut into the continental shelf from the deep waters beyond, providing habitat for deep water and wall-dwelling species. In shallower waters, shelf-reefs support a range of complex benthic habitats that provide food and shelter to a diverse array of fish and invertebrate assemblages. The East Australian Current moves water across these features to create local upwellings that fuel the marine food chain. In Jervis Marine Park visitors can expect to see dense sponge gardens, algae-dominated reefs and fish communities including jackass morwong, butterfly perch and orange-spotted catshark.

The park is located about 20 kilometres offshore from Jervis Bay, New South Wales. It covers 2,473 square kilometres, and has Habitat Protection and Special Purpose (Trawl) zones.Parks Australia

Jervis ranges from 132 to 4,696 metres depth, with an average depth of 2,669 metres. The majority of the Park (40%) falls within the lower-slope zone (2,000-4,000 metres). [View on map] The mapped areas of the seafloor are dominated by Slope (52%) and Plane (23%) geomorphology. [View on map]

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What's known about the Jervis marine park?

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Habitat and bathymetry summaries last refreshed April 2024. Habitat observations are refreshed weekly from data providers.


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