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Zeehan Commonwealth Marine Reserve
IUCN Category VI (Managed Resource Protected Area)
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Map showing the Zeehan Commonwealth Marine Reserve
Location Indian Ocean, Australia
Nearest town Currie, Tasmania
Area 19,897 km2 (7,682 sq mi)
Established August 31, 2007 (2007-08-31)
Governing body Parks Australia (Commonwealth of Australia)

Zeehan Commonwealth Marine Reserve is a 19,897 km2 marine protected area within Australian waters located west of Tasmania and extending to near King Island. The reserve was established in 2007 and is part of the South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserve Network.

The reserve includes a variety of seabed habitats, including exposed limestone, that provides important habitat for a variety of commercial fish species as well as giant crab. There is a broad depth range, from the shallow continental shelf of about 50 m (160 ft) to the abyssal plain with depths of over 3,000 m (9,800 ft).

Protection

The entire Murray marine reserve area is IUCN protected area category VI and has two zones; 'Special Purpose' and 'Multiple Use'.

Zone IUCN Activities permitted Area
(km2)
Recreational fishing Commercial fishing Mining
Special Purpose VI Yes No with approval 18,967
Multiple Use VI Yes with approval with approval 933
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