D'Entrecasteaux Channel

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D'Entrecasteaux Channel
D'Entrecasteaux Channel is located in Tasmania
D'Entrecasteaux Channel
D'Entrecasteaux Channel
Location in Tasmania
D'Entrecasteaux.jpg
South East Tasmania with D'Entrecasteaux Channel highlighted.
Location South East Tasmania
Coordinates 43°13′S 147°17′E / 43.217°S 147.283°E / -43.217; 147.283Coordinates: 43°13′S 147°17′E / 43.217°S 147.283°E / -43.217; 147.283
Type Channel
Etymology Vice-Admiral Bruni D'Entrecasteaux[1]
River sources Derwent River; Huon River
Primary outflows Tasman Sea
Ocean/sea sources South Pacific Ocean
Basin countries Australia
Settlements Snug, Margate, Kettering, Woodbridge, Flowerpot, Middleton, Gordon
References [2]

The D'Entrecasteaux Channel /ˌdɒntrəˈkæst/ is a body of water located between Bruny Island and the south-east of the mainland of Tasmania, Australia. The channel is the mouth for the estuaries of the Derwent and the Huon Rivers and empties into the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean. It was sighted by Abel Tasman in 1642 and surveyed in 1792 by Bruni d'Entrecasteaux.[3]

Towns on the D'Entrecasteaux Channel include Snug, Margate, Kettering, Woodbridge, Flowerpot, Middleton and Gordon.[4]

History[edit]

According to The Mercury newspaper, the channel "..... was discovered on April 20. 1792, by the celebrated French "Vice-Admiral Bruni D'Entrecasteaux, who, in the ships Recherche and Esperance, was searching for ill-fated La Perouse. Visiting Van Diemen's Land for the first time, he was attempting to find an anchorage in Adventure Bay, when, being himself ill in bed, the ships' navigators entered the channel to the west of Bruny Island, instead of going to the eastward of it. Thus, the discovery of the great channel was due to an accident. This is Labillardiere's account of the matter. A wrong bearing taken of the Mewstone accounts for the French navigator's error."[1]

Geography and environment[edit]

The D'Entrecastaux Channel region sheltered by Bruny Island is increasingly affected by foreshore erosion, in some areas sandbagging aims to reduce the effects.[5]

The channel is a breeding ground for scallops.[6] Prior to 1969, fishing dredges were used to collect scallops from the seafloor.[6] Damage caused by the dredging has led to collection by scuba divers.[6]

The D'Entrecasteaux Channel has become a popular location for keen photographers to capture images of the Aurora Australis with its numerous southern-facing water views and beaches, although light pollution from the numerous salmon farms is now starting to impact on this visual beauty from many locations.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nomen, ed. (16 September 1911). "TASMANIAN NOMENCLATURE. THE PLACE-NAMES OF THE STATE. A RECORD OF ORIGINS AND DATES. No. X". The Mercury. p. 10 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ "Map of D'Entrecasteaux Channel, TAS". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "D'Entrecasteaux Channel." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2006. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Retrieved on 15 June 2014
  4. ^ D'Entrecasteaux Channel The Huon Trail. Retrieved on 15 June 2014
  5. ^ Flora Fox, Flora Fox, News and Information about Southern Tasmania 2011
  6. ^ a b c Walker, Margaret (1991). "What price Tasmanian scallops? A report of morbidity and mortality associated with the scallop diving season in Tasmania 1990.". South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society Journal. 21 (1). Retrieved 2013-07-16. 

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