Huon Commonwealth Marine Reserve facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsHuon Commonwealth Marine Reserve
IUCN Category VI (Managed Resource Protected Area)
|Location||Pacific Ocean, Australia|
|Nearest town||Cockle Creek, Tasmania|
|Area||9,991 km2 (3,858 sq mi)|
|Established||May 12, 1999|
|Governing body||Parks Australia (Commonwealth of Australia)|
Huon Commonwealth Marine Reserve is a 9,991 km2 marine protected area within Australian waters. The former Tasmanian Seamounts Marine Reserve created in 1999 was incorporated into the Huon reserve in 2007, and is part of the South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserve Network.
Huon reserve contains a cluster of approximately 70 seamounts peaking 750 m (2,460 ft) to 1,700 m (5,600 ft) above the sea floor. They appear as cone-shaped submerged mountains, which provide a range of depths for a diversity of plants and animals. The reserve is a foraging area for great white sharks and seabirds and a spawning or nursery area for important commercial fish, including ocean perch and blue warehou.
A majority of the Huon marine reserve area is IUCN protected area category VI and zoned as 'Multiple Use'. A smaller section of 'Habitat Protection Zone' in the west of the reserve protects the unique and vulnerable benthic communities of the reserve's seamounts.
|Recreational fishing||Commercial fishing||Mining|
|Habitat Protection||IV||Yes||with approval||No||389|
|Multiple Use||VI||Yes||with approval||with approval||9,602|
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