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PWS Public Safety Update

17/01/2019

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is continuing to assess the fire situation and extract bushwalkers from fire-affected remote reserves and parks across the state.More

PWS Public Safety Alert

16/01/2019

There has been considerable thunderstorm activity across the state overnight. Some fires have started in remote areas and the situation is being assessed as a matter of urgency.More

Gell River Fire update 14 January 2019 4.00 pm

15/01/2019

A fire is burning within the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, to the north of the Denison Range and through the Vale of Rasselas.More

Monk Bay Marine Conservation Area

The Monk Bay Marine Conservation Area is located in Norfolk Bay off the central northern region of the Tasman Peninsula between Whitehouse Point in the north and Ironstone Bay in the south.

Sloping Island Marine Conservation Area
It comprises an area of 399.2 hectares and encompasses sheltered habitats with sandy beaches and sandstone platforms. There are significant offshore areas of highly productive seagrass (Heterozostera), seaweed (Caulerpa) and also soft silty benthic habitats in the relatively deep waters off Whitehouse Point. 

Seagrass ecosystems 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, stingrays and rays. 

Seagrass is a relatively rare habitat for the Bruny Bioregion and the reserve is significant for conservation of these ecosystems and as a scientific reference area for seagrass habitats. 

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.