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It is also a target for illegal fishermen from South East Asia.
High on their hit list are sharks whose fins and flesh are highly valued in many Asian countries.
In 2004, concerned by a spike in foreign vessel incursions into Australia's northern waters, scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science embarked on a research project at the reef.
Marine ecologist Conrad Speed and his colleagues, working in collaboration with the Global FinPrint Project, set up a series of underwater cameras to capture fish stocks.
"There was some concern that the number of fishing vessels were increasing in the area, so to get an coach factory store online understanding of what the fish and shark stocks look like in the area, we started using baited cameras to get an initial assessment," Dr Speed said.
Illegal fishing a threat to biodiversityWhat they saw was concerning, with many sharks normally found at healthy coach handbags outlet reefs absent.
Australian Border Force wase also worried about the increase in illegal vessels to the region.
Commander, Maritime Border Command Peter Laver is [b][i]click here[/i][/b] in charge of protecting Australia's maritime borders, and believes illegal fishing is a significant threat to Australia's biodiversity.
"Illegal fishing creates unsustainable pressure on our marine environment. It reduces biodiversity, meaning that fish stocks become unsustainable over time," he said.
In 2008, as part of an increased effort to reduce the hundreds of boats coming into Australian waters, Border Force deployed patrol boats permanently in the vicinity of Ashmore Reef to enforce a total fishing ban.
"It's our remit and responsibility to protect those important resources for Australia and indeed the biodiversity within cheap coach purses the ocean area to ensure that sustainable fishing practices maintain a viable marine environment," Commander Laver said.