Biologically important areas

  • Indo Pacific Spotted Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops aduncus
  • Antipodean Albatross Diomedea exulans antipodensis
  • Black Petrel Procellaria parkinsoni
  • Black browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris
  • Campbell Albatross Thalassarche melanophris impavida
  • Flesh footed Shearwater Ardenna carneipes
  • Great winged Petrel Pterodroma macroptera
  • Indian Yellow nosed Albatross Thalassarche chlororhynchos bassi
  • Northern Giant Petrel Macronectes halli
  • Sooty Shearwater Ardenna grisea
  • Short tailed Shearwater Ardenna tenuirostris
  • Southern Giant Petrel Macronectes giganteus
  • Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans (sensu lato)
  • Wedge tailed Shearwater Ardenna pacifica
  • Wilsons Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanites
  • Grey Nurse Shark Carcharias taurus
  • White Shark Carcharodon carcharias
  • Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae

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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