Biologically important areas

  • Australian Sea Lion Neophoca cinerea
  • Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus
  • Black faced Cormorant Phalacrocorax fuscescens
  • Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  • Fairy Tern Sternula nereis
  • Flesh footed Shearwater Ardenna carneipes
  • Great winged Petrel macroptera Pterodroma macroptera macroptera
  • Indian Yellow nosed Albatross Thalassarche chlororhynchos bassi
  • Little Penguin Eudyptula minor
  • Little Shearwater Puffinus assimilis
  • Little Shearwater tunneyi Puffinus assimilis tunneyi
  • Pacific Gull Larus pacificus
  • Soft plumaged Petrel Pterodroma mollis
  • Short tailed Shearwater Ardenna tenuirostris
  • Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscata
  • Wedge tailed Shearwater Ardenna pacifica
  • White faced Storm petrel Pelagodroma marina
  • White Shark Carcharodon carcharias
  • Blue and Pygmy Blue Whale Balaenoptera musculus
  • Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae
  • Pygmy Blue Whale Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda
  • Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus
  • Southern Right Whale Eubalaena australis

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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