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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

Sloping Island Marine Conservation Area

The Sloping Island Marine Conservation Area encompasses 940.3 hectares surrounding Sloping Island off the northwest of the Tasman Peninsula. 

Sloping Island Marine Conservation Area 

The reserve contains important habitat for threatened species including the spotted handfish (Brachionichthys hirsutus) and the red handfish (Brachionichthys polities). The area also contains a high diversity of invertebrate life, a small bed of giant string kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) and a shark refuge area.

Sloping Island supports large breeding populations of little penguins (Eudyptula minor) and short-tailed shearwaters (Puffinus tenuirostris).

The reserve also contains part of the 'Frederick Henry Bay Beach Alignment' Tasmanian geoconservation site; which provides a textbook example of beach alignment concordant with wave refraction patterns, and occurs on beaches throughout Frederick Henry Bay.

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.