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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

PWS Fire Update - Monday 11 February 2019

11/02/2019

As a result of the emergency service suppression efforts and calmer weather conditions over recent days, PWS can advise the following changes to track openings and closures.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.