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Whale season restriction zone begins 1 May

15 May 2014

The restriction zone in the waters around Victor Harbor is about to come into force again as whales move into our waters.

The triangular zone restricts all personal water craft, such as jet skis, from entering waters in Encounter Bay from 1 May to 30 September each year.

For the specific restrictions see the map outlined in the legislation. The zone is in place because of the danger posed to these craft by whales.

The creatures may not be aware of the presence of personal watercraft and may surface suddenly potentially injuring the rider, mammal and damaging the craft.

The maximum penalty for failure to comply is $1,250. Signs at the local launching ramp highlight the restriction.

In all other parts of the state personal watercraft and other vessels must also keep a safe distance from whales and dolphins under the National Parks and Wildlife (Protection of Marine Mammals) Regulations 2010.

Links
South Australian Whale Centre restriction summary
Jet Skier fined 15k for harassing whales
Harbors and Navigation Regulations 2009 (see Regulation 11 and Regulation 224, schedule 5 Restricted areas)

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