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Kent Group National Park
IUCN Category II (National Park)
Established April 28, 1971 (1971-04-28)
Area 312.83 km2 (120.8 sq mi)(includes marine area)
Managing authorities Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
Website Kent Group National Park
See also Protected areas of Tasmania

Kent Group National Park is located in Bass Strait covering the Kent Group islands of Tasmania, Australia. The islands cover an area of 23.74 km2 (9.17 sq mi) while the marine reserve component of the national park which surrounds the islands cover 290 km2 (110 sq mi).

History and prior use of the land

The islands have a rich Aboriginal cultural heritage with human occupation of the area estimated to date back between 8,000 and 13,000 years. The establishment of sealer settlements by Europeans in Eastern Bass Strait, including Kent Group, were amongst the earliest outside Sydney Cove. A lighthouse was constructed on Deal Island in 1848, with permanent human habitation until its deactivation in 1992. However parts of the islands were subject to grazing cattle until as recent as 1996, with Dover Island least impacted by human activities.

Marine Reserve

Kent Group has a high diversity of fish species, likely due to the convergence of influences including the East Australian Current and westerly flow of Bass Strait. The marine reserve area generally east of Deal Island prohibits fishing.

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