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Celebrating the achievements of landcarers

04/12/2017

The Tamar Island Wetland Cares Volunteer Group has been recognised in the 2017 Landcare Tasmania Awards.More

Horsetail Falls walk now open

15/11/2017

Visitors to the West Coast are in for some spectacular views on the new Horsetail Falls walk near Queenstown.More

Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens

10/11/2017

The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More

Tasmanian Marine Protected Areas Strategy

The full version of the Tasmanian Marine Protected Strategy - Background Report can be downloaded as a PDF File (644 Kb)

Summary of Background Report

The report describes the marine ecosystems and biodiversity and the marine management systems in Tasmania and then outlines the National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas which has been endorsed by all States and Territories as well as the Commonwealth.

The fundamental concept of a comprehensive, adequate and representative system of Marine Protected Areas is explored before the status of marine conservation in Tasmania is described.

The latter part of the report then identifies possible goals, outcomes and principles for a Representative Marine Protected Areas System in Australia, proposed guidelines for identifying and selecting a system and how it would be established and managed.

Reference throughout the Report is made where relevant to other State, Territory, national and international approaches and experiences.

The full version of the Tasmanian Marine Protected Areas Strategy can be downloaded as a PDF File (1100 Kb)

Summary of Tasmanian Marine Protected Areas Strategy

In recognition of the importance of the marine environment to the people of Tasmania, the Government is committed to ensuring the long-term ecological viability of the marine environment,and the protection of its biological diversity.

Under the new Marine Protected Areas Strategy, the Resource Planning and Development Commission will undertake the identification and selection of new marine protected areas following a defined 12 step process which involves extensive public consultation. The Strategy Report includes criteria for the identification, selection and management of marine protected areas.