The Jawbone Marine Sanctuary is part of a network of 13 Marine National Parks and 11 smaller Marine Sanctuaries created by the Victorian Government in 2002 to ensure representative samples of Victoria’s diverse, distinctive and amazing marine environment are conserved for fuure generations to enjoy. These parks and sanctuaries now protect 5.3% of Victoria’s coastal waters, safeguarding important marine habitats and species. Jawbone Marine Sanctuary is the closest marine protected area to Melbourne’s CBD.
Jawbone Marine Sanctuary is 30 hectares in size. It begins at the onshore sign west of the fishing clubs in Bayview Street, and runs west 1.9 km along the foreshore around the Jawbone to the onshore sign on the wader beach south of McGuire Crescent. The sanctuary extends from the high water mark seaward to a series of in-water boundary markers along the seaward boundary.