Boags Commonwealth Marine Reserve

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Overview of Boags Commonwealth Marine Reserve
Area 537 km2 (53 700 ha)
Types of zoning Multiple Use Zone - IUCN Category VI

Major conservation values

Southern Rock Lobster - Michael Matthewson, MLSSA

Southern Rock Lobster

  • Ecosystems, habitats and communities associated with: the Bass Strait Shelf Province and associated with the sea-floor features: plateau and tidal sandwave/sandbank
  • Important foraging area for: shy albatross, Australasian gannet, short-tailed shearwater, fairy prion, black-faced cormorant, common diving petrel and little penguin

General description

The Boags Commonwealth Marine Reserve represents an area of shallow ecosystems that has a depth range mostly between 40 m and 80 m. It encompasses the fauna of central Bass Strait, which is expected to be especially rich based on studies of several sea floor-dwelling animal groups.

The Boags Marine Reserve contains a rich array of life, particularly bottom-dwelling animals and animals living in the sea-floor sediments and muds, such as crustaceans, polychaete worms and molluscs, as is common for the Bass Strait seabed.

The reserve is adjacent to the important seabird breeding colonies of Tasmania's north-west, particularly the Hunter group of islands (Three Hummock Island, Hunter Island, Steep Island, Bird Island, Stack Island and Penguin Islet), and so is an important foraging area for a variety of seabirds.

White shark also forage in the reserve.

Management arrangements

All fourteen reserves in the South-east are managed under the South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network Management Plan 2013-23. This Management Plan sets out the zoning, allowable activities and rules for use within South-east marine reserves until 2023.


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