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Boags Commonwealth Marine Reserve
IUCN Category VI (Managed Resource Protected Area)
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Map showing the Boags Commonwealth Marine Reserve
Location Bass Strait, Australia
Nearest town Stanley, Tasmania
Area 537 km2 (207 sq mi)
Established 31 August 2007 (2007-08-31)
Governing body Parks Australia (Commonwealth of Australia)

Boags Commonwealth Marine Reserve is a 537 km2 marine protected area within Australian waters located off the coast of north-west Tasmania in Bass Strait. The reserve was established in 2007 and is the smallest reserve of the South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserve Network.

The reserve is a sample of the bottom-dwelling creatures that live in the sea-floor sediments and muds of Bass Strait, such as crustaceans, polychaete worms and molluscs. It is an important foraging area for a variety of seabirds that nest on the nearby islands, particularly the Hunter Island Group which includes Three Hummock Island.

Protection

The entirety of the Boags marine reserve area is IUCN protected area category VI and zoned as 'Multiple Use'.

Zone IUCN Activities permitted Area
(km2)
Recreational fishing Commercial fishing Mining
Multiple Use VI Yes with approval with approval 537
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