Biologically important areas

  • Australian Snubfin Dolphin Orcaella heinsohni
  • Indo Pacific Humpback Dolphin Sousa chinensis
  • Indo Pacific Spotted Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops aduncus
  • Flatback Turtle Natator depressus
  • Green Turtle Chelonia mydas
  • Brown Booby Sula leucogaster
  • Greater Frigatebird Fregata minor
  • Lesser Crested Tern Thalasseus bengalensis
  • Lesser Frigatebird Fregata ariel
  • Little Tern Sternula albifrons sinensis
  • Red footed Booby Sula sula
  • Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii
  • Whale Shark Rhincodon typus
  • Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae
  • Pygmy Blue Whale Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda

Biologically important areas are regions where aggregations of individuals of a particular species are known or likely to display important behaviours such as breeding, foraging, nesting or migration. They have been identified from the literature and using expert scientific knowledge about species' distribution, abundance and behavior. Biologically important areas were created to inform decision making under the Environmental Protection and Biovidersity Conservation Act 1999, and have been defined for a selection of protected species only. These selected species were chosen based on their conservation status and the availability of reliable spatial and scientific information.

Biologically important areas are not representative of the total known biodiversity within a marine park. For more information about biodiversity and the biodiversity we know to exist in our marine parks see biodiversity.

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