Franklin Commonwealth Marine Reserve

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Franklin Commonwealth Marine Reserve
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
Map showing the Franklin Commonwealth Marine Reserve
Location Indian Ocean, Australia
Nearest town Marrawah, Tasmania
Coordinates 40°46′S 144°17′E / 40.76°S 144.28°E / -40.76; 144.28Coordinates: 40°46′S 144°17′E / 40.76°S 144.28°E / -40.76; 144.28[1]
Area 671 km2 (259 sq mi)
Established August 31, 2007 (2007-08-31)
Governing body Parks Australia (Commonwealth of Australia)

Franklin Commonwealth Marine Reserve is a 671 km2 marine protected area within Australian waters located off the west coast of north-west Tasmania. The reserve was established in 2007[2] and is part of the South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserve Network.

The area incorporates two major bioregions: western Bass Strait and the Tasmanian shelf. To the north of the reserve is Black Pyramid Rock, which supports the largest breeding colony of the Australasian gannet in Tasmania.[3]


The entirety of the Franklin marine reserve area is IUCN protected area category VI and zoned as 'Multiple Use'.[3]

Zone IUCN Activities permitted Area
Recreational fishing Commercial fishing Mining
Multiple Use VI Yes with approval with approval 671
[Note 1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Summary of permitted activities only, see source for details[4]


  1. ^ "Franklin Commonwealth Marine Reserve on OpenStreetMap". © OpenStreetMap contributors. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Collaborative Australian Protected Areas Database (CAPAD) 2014 - Marine". © Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Franklin Commonwealth Marine Reserve". © Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  4. ^ "South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network - Zoning and activities". © Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 16 June 2017.

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