Kent Group National Park
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Kent Group National Park is located in
Bass Strait Bass Strait () is a sea strait A strait is a naturally formed, narrowing, typically navigable waterway that connects two larger bodies of water. The surface water generally flows at the same elevation on both sides and through the strait ...

Bass Strait
covering the
Kent Group The Kent Group are a grouping of six granite Granite () is a coarse-grained (phanerite, phaneritic) intrusive rock, intrusive igneous rock composed mostly of quartz, alkali feldspar, and plagioclase. It forms from magma with a high content ...
islands of
Tasmania Tasmania (), abbreviated as TAS, is an island An island (or isle) is an isolated piece of habitat that is surrounded by a dramatically different habitat, such as water. Very small islands such as emergent land features on atol ...
,
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Australia
. The islands cover an area of while the marine reserve component of the national park which surrounds the islands cover .


History and prior use of the land

The islands have a rich
Aboriginal Aborigine, aborigine or aboriginal may refer to: * Indigenous peoples, ethnic groups who are the original or earliest known inhabitants of an area **List of indigenous peoples, including: ***Aboriginal Australians ****Australian Aboriginal identity ...
cultural heritage with human occupation of the area estimated to date back between 8,000 and 13,000 years. The establishment of
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settlements by
Europeans Europeans are the focus of European ethnology, the field of anthropology related to the various indigenous groups that reside in the List of sovereign states and dependent territories in Europe, nations of Europe. Groups may be defined by commo ...
in Eastern Bass Strait, including Kent Group, were amongst the earliest outside
Sydney Cove Sydney Cove, officially dual-named with its original Aboriginal Aborigine, aborigine or aboriginal may refer to: * Indigenous peoples, ethnic groups who are the original or earliest known inhabitants of an area **List of indigenous peoples, ...

Sydney Cove
. A lighthouse was constructed on Deal Island in 1848, with permanent human habitation until its deactivation in 1992. However parts of the islands were subject to grazing cattle until as recent as 1996, with Dover Island least impacted by human activities.


Marine Reserve

Kent Group has a high diversity of fish species, likely due to the convergence of influences including the
East Australian Current The East Australian Current (EAC) is a warm, southward, western boundary current that is formed from the South Equatorial Current (SEC) crossing the Coral Sea and reaching the eastern coast of Australia. At around 15° S near the Australian coa ...

East Australian Current
and westerly flow of Bass Strait. The marine reserve area generally east of Deal Island prohibits fishing.


See also

*
Protected areas of Tasmania Protected areas of Tasmania consist of protected area Protected areas or conservation areas are locations which receive protection because of their recognized natural, ecological or cultural values. There are several kinds of protected area ...


References


External links


Kent Group National Park website
{{authority control National parks of Tasmania Protected areas established in 1971 North East Tasmania 1971 establishments in Australia