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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

Blackman Rivulet Marine Conservation Area

The Blackman Rivulet Marine Conservation Area occupies approximately 263.1 hectares within Blackman Rivulet and Blackman Bay in the north of the Tasman Peninsula.

Blackman Rivulet Marine Conservation Area

The reserve contains sheltered marine inlet sediment ecosystems and diverse seagrass and algal vegetation. The area features dense seagrass and seaweed beds which include Heterozostera and Ruppia macrophyte types. Seagrass is a relatively rare habitat within the Bruny bioregion and a large proportion of it is located in the Blackman Bay area. Therefore, this reserve is significant for conservation values and as a scientific reference area for seagrass habitats.

Seagrass ecosystems are known to be extremely productive, have a high biodiversity, support complex food webs and play an important role in a wide range of nutrient cycling processes and primary production. They also provide nursery habitat and refuge for a number of organisms including crustaceans, molluscs, fish, sharks and stingrays. Large rays are common in the reserve. The reserve also contains habitat for the rare brown algae (Cyptoseira trinodis)

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.