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New lease of life for original lighthouse vents

15/05/2018

As part of the ongoing conservation of the Cape Bruny and Maatsuyker Island lighthouses, a team effort has been underway to restore the original bronze vents from the lighthouses' lantern rooms.More

Record visitor numbers at Highfield Historic Site

09/05/2018

Visitation numbers at Highfield Historic Site in Stanley have reached a record high, with 12,535 people visiting in the 12 months ending March 2018.More

Cradle Mountain shuttle bus tender awarded

08/05/2018

A new bus fleet featuring environmentally friendly technology and vehicles with improved accessibility and increased capacity will help to meet increasing visitor numbers following the awarding of the tender to McDermott Coaches.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.