Biologically important areas

  • Black Noddy Anous minutus
  • Common Noddy Anous stolidus
  • Black winged Petrel Pterodroma nigripennis
  • Black Petrel Procellaria parkinsoni
  • Grey Ternlet Procelsterna cerulea
  • Kermadec Petrel Pterodroma neglecta neglecta
  • Masked Booby Sula dactylatra
  • Little Shearwater Puffinus assimilis
  • Little Shearwater tunneyi Puffinus assimilis tunneyi
  • Providence Petrel Pterodroma solandri
  • Red tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda
  • Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscata
  • Wedge tailed Shearwater Ardenna pacifica
  • White necked Petrel Pterodroma cervicalis
  • White Tern Gygis alba
  • 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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