The Central Bass Strait Marine Bioregion is about 60,000 km² in size in the central area of Bass Strait.


Marine Protected Areas

There are currently no marine protected areas within this region.

Caption: Curtis Cone Island in Bass Strait 📷 Gibbo51 (wikimedia, CC-BY-NC-SA)
  • Muddy seafloors
  • The region is relatively shallow, with water depth varying from about 80 m at its centre to 50 m around the edges
  • Currents are generally slow, but moderately strong at the margins where the islands and promontories form the western and eastern entrances to Bass Strait

Caption: Australian Fur Seals sunning themselves in Bass Strait 📷 Ken Flannigan (iNaturalist, CC-BY-NC)
  • The region is relatively featureless
  • Patches of sponge ‘gardens’ are thought to exist in specific areas around the margins
  • Areas within central Bass Strait are important feeding areas for Australian Fur Seals (Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus)