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Encounter Maria Island

20/10/2017

Encounter Maria Island's new ferry Osprey V, that will allow even more visitors to enjoy one of the State's best tourism attractions, was launched today.More

Progress on Cradle Mountain Master Plan

19/10/2017

An important milestone in the Cradle Mountain Master Plan project has been reached following a competitive tender process, with Cumulus Studio chosen to design the Cradle Mountain gateway precinct and the Dove Lake viewing shelter.More

Exciting new proposal for Tasmania's South East Cape

16/10/2017

Award-winning local tourism operator Ian Johnstone can now progress a new project to lease and licence negotiations under the Tourism Opportunities in Tasmania's National Parks, Reserves and Crown Land process.More

Central Channel Marine Conservation Area

The Central Channel Marine Conservation Area occupies 3,443 hectares within the D'Entrecasteaux Channel between mainland Tasmania and South Bruny Island.

Central Channel Marine Conservation Area

The reserve contains high levels of biodiversity and natural productivity. There is a rich diversity of seaweeds and seagrasses, as well as sediment and current communities. The reserve contains habitats for several threatened species including the seastar (Smilasterias tasmaniae), the Gunns screw shell (Gazameda gunnii) and live-bearing seastar (Patiriella vivipara) and the spotted handfish (Brachionichthys hirsutus). The reserve also provides important habitat for scallops and a nursery and refuge area for sharks.

The area was proclaimed a conservation area under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 on 9 December 2009. This reserve class provides for the protection and maintenance of the natural and cultural values of the area and the sustainable use of natural resources. 

Fishing is permitted in the reserve. Rules and regulations relating to recreational fishing in Tasmania can be found in the Recreational Sea Fishing Guide.