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A survey of potential marine reserve locations in Bass Strait


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Barrett, NS and Edgar, GJ 2002 , A survey of potential marine reserve locations in Bass Strait.

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The Tasmanian north coast, King Island, and Tasmania's easten Bass Strait Islands were
quantitatively surveyed to identify locations suitable for the establishment of regional marine
reserves in Bass Strait. This survey included a re-assessment and further investigation of Rocky
Cape and the Kent Group, two locations previously proposed as marine reserves. The Kent Group
was identified as the most outstanding location surveyed, with a range of habitats and biota
representative of Bass Strait, and including a significant proportion of Peronian species.
Biologically this location would be the preferred location for a marine reserve in the Peronian
influenced region of Tasmania. Rocky Cape was identified as the most biologically suitable
location on Tasmania's north coast due to its diverse range of habitats and species abundance. After
Rocky Cape, the next two most desirable locations in the Bass Strait region for marine reserves were
considered to be Waterhouse Island in northheast Tasmania and New Year Island off the north west
coast of King Island.

Item Type: Report (Technical Report)
Authors/Creators:Barrett, NS and Edgar, GJ
Keywords: Bass Strait Marine Reserves MArine Ecology
Publisher: Marine Research Laboratories
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