The Zeehan Marine Park park includes a variety of seabed habitats, including exposed limestone reefs that support rich animal communities of large sponges, lace corals and many other sessile species. A series of four submarine canyons incise the continental shelf within the marine park and interact with the south-flowing Zeehan Current, enhancing productivity and supporting foraging grounds for many species of seabirds and the great white shark.

Zeehan Marine Park is a nursery ground for blue warehou and ocean perch. High concentrations of larval fish of these species are found in the park. Tasmanian giant crabs (another commercial species) make their home in rocky limestone continental shelf habitats.

The park lies off the north-west of Tasmania, extending south offshore from King Island. It covers 19,897 square kilometres and has Special Purpose and Multiple Use zones. – Parks Australia

Zeehan ranges from 91 to 5,174 metres depth, with an average depth of 4,063 metres. The majority of the Park (66%) falls within the abyssal zone (4,000-6,000 metres). [View on map] The mapped areas of the seafloor are dominated by Plane (78%) and Slope (8%) geomorphology. [View on map]

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What's known about the Zeehan marine park?

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What's in the Zeehan marine park?

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