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||Boags Commonwealth Marine Reserve
||28 June 2007 (effective 3 September 2007)
|Types of zoning
||VI – Multiple Use Zone
|Management plan status
|| Interim management arrangements
The Boags Commonwealth Marine Reserve covers 537 square kilometres of Commonwealth ocean territory and is situated off the north western tip of Tasmania, north of Three Hummock Island. The reserve is wholly contained within western Bass Strait with a depth range mostly between 50-80 metres.
The Boags Commonwealth Marine Reserve represents an area of shallow continental shelf ecosystems in the major biological zone that extends through central Bass Strait. 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 Commonwealth Marine Reserve contains a rich array of life, particularly bottom dwelling animals, as is common for the central Bass Strait area. It is also a foraging area for a variety of seabirds, including the fairy prion, shy albatross, silver gull, short tailed shearwater, black faced cormorant, Australian gannet, common diving petrel and little penguins, being adjacent to an important breeding area in Tasmania’s north west, particularly the Hunter group of islands.
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