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East Gippsland Commonwealth Marine Reserve
IUCN Category VI (Managed Resource Protected Area)
Location Tasman Sea, Australia
Nearest town Mallacoota, Victoria
Area 4,137 km2 (1,597 sq mi)
Established August 31, 2007 (2007-08-31)
Governing body Parks Australia (Commonwealth of Australia)

East Gippsland Commonwealth Marine Reserve is a 4,137 km2 marine protected area within Australian waters located in the Tasman Sea near the New South Wales-Victoria border. The reserve was established in 2007 and is part of the South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserve Network.

The reserve includes both warm and temperate waters, with the East Australian Current bringing subtropical water from the north, forming large eddies around Cape Howe. The complex mix of warmer and cooler waters and the seasonality of currents creates conditions for highly productive phytoplankton growth, which supports an abundance of marine life.


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

Zone IUCN Activities permitted Area
Recreational fishing Commercial fishing Mining
Multiple Use VI Yes with approval with approval 4,137
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