South Tasman Rise Commonwealth Marine Reserve
|Area||27 704 km2 (2 770 400 ha)|
|Types of zoning||Special Purpose Zone - IUCN Category VI|
Major conservation values
Squat Lobster, CSIRO
- Examples of ecosystems, habitats and communities associated with the Tasmanian Province and associated with the sea-floor features: abyssal plain/deep ocean floor, canyon, plateau, seamount/guyot and slope
- Important foraging areas for: wandering and black-browed albatross, short-tailed shearwater, white-headed and white-chinned petrels.
The South Tasman Rise Commonwealth Marine Reserve occurs in the deep ocean and includes a section of the mid-continental slope at depths of 1200-3000 m. It encloses a submerged plateau of continental rock that stands as the last remnant of the link between Australia and Antarctica.
The sea floor in this reserve was deformed by the massive rifting process when the Australian continental block moved north. The reserve supports unique environments for marine life and is an area of significant scientific interest. It contains several seamounts, some of which have flat summits, which indicates that they were exposed above the surface at some time.
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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