Breaksea Islands (Tasmania)

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The Breaksea Islands Group is a group of two islands, known unofficially as North Breaksea and Main Breaksea,[1] located a kilometre offshore in the Southwest National Park Port Davey, Tasmania.

The islands have a total area of about 16 ha and are part of the Port Davey Islands Important Bird Area, so identified by BirdLife International because of its importance for breeding seabirds.[2]


The islands are noted as a breeding site for many seabird species, including little penguin (400 pairs), short-tailed shearwater (3-5000 pairs), fairy prion (20 pairs) and silver gull. The Tasmanian tree skink is present.[1] Rabbits were introduced in the 19th century by whalers.[3] and have caused some damage to vegetation and soil.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Brothers, Nigel; David Pemberton; Helen Pryor; Vanessa Halley (2001). Tasmania's Offshore Islands : seabirds and other natural features. Hobart, Tasmania: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. ISBN 0-7246-4816-X. 
  2. ^ "IBA: Port Davey Islands". Birdata. Birds Australia. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  3. ^ White, Gary (1980). Islands of South-West Tasmania. Sydney: self-published. ISBN 0-9594866-0-7. 
  4. ^ "Small Southern Islands Conservation Management Statement 2002" (PDF). Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania. 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-08-22. Retrieved 2006-07-23. 

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Coordinates: 43°19′44″S 145°57′54″E / 43.32889°S 145.96500°E / -43.32889; 145.96500