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PWS - Fires update and impacts

20/02/2019

Background: A number of fires were ignited by dry lightning that crossed the state in late December 2018 and mid-January 2019. The storms of 15 January 2019 resulted in approximately 2,400 lightning strikes and caused over 60 new ignitions.More

PWS Fire Update - Friday 15 February 2019

15/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened today (Friday 15 February).More

PWS Fire Update - Thursday 14 February 2019

14/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened.More

Kent Group Marine Reserve

Activities

Diving on wreck Kent group Diving on a wreck, Kent Group
Diving around the Kent Group ranges from the sheltered bays of Deal Island's east coast to rocky shorelines and outcrops exposed to the prevailing westerly weather. Many dive sites are subject to strong tidal currents, particularly those in the channel that divides the main islands. Gorgonian sea fans a metre or more high are a feature of the deep reefs. Clouds of barber perch and sweep swim amongst the boulders.

As the islands are well offshore there is little run off from rain and the water is generally clear, with visibility normally ranging from 15 to over 30 metres. The historic wrecks of the SS Bulli near Erith Isand and the SS Karitane at the southern end of Deal Island are in shallow water and make interesting dives.

The reserve is like a national park. Please 'Look But Don't Take' and enjoy the features of this special environment.

However, please DO NOT:

  • Collect living or dead material, harm or remove plants or animals. Dead shells often become a home for another creature.
  • Fish or set nets or pots within the reserve.

Please care for our coast and 'Don't Rubbish Our Sea'.

  • Try to avoid anchoring boats within the reserve. If you must anchor, do so on kelp covered reef or, preferably sand. Avoid anchoring on sponge gardens or seagrass.
  • Stow your rubbish, don't throw it. Plastic, ropes and fishing tackle can injure and kill marine life. Dumping rubbish at sea is illegal.
  • Please take care with liquid wastes such as detergents, fuel and oil, and sewage. These can be toxic to marine life.
  • Try to walk around plants and animals along the shoreline.

The reserve is jointly managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service and Marine Resources. The marine environment around the Kent Group is listed on the National Estate because of its outstanding natural features.