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Encounter Maria Island

20/10/2017

Encounter Maria Island's new ferry Osprey V, that will allow even more visitors to enjoy one of the State's best tourism attractions, was launched today.More

Progress on Cradle Mountain Master Plan

19/10/2017

An important milestone in the Cradle Mountain Master Plan project has been reached following a competitive tender process, with Cumulus Studio chosen to design the Cradle Mountain gateway precinct and the Dove Lake viewing shelter.More

Exciting new proposal for Tasmania's South East Cape

16/10/2017

Award-winning local tourism operator Ian Johnstone can now progress a new project to lease and licence negotiations under the Tourism Opportunities in Tasmania's National Parks, Reserves and Crown Land process.More

Dolphins stranded on West Coast

13/04/2010

Parks and Wildlife Service staff (PWS) and marine specialists from the Resource Management and Conservation Division of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) are assisting in the management of dolphins stranded in the Pieman River on the State’s West Coast.


PWS Incident Controller Chris Arthur said staff have been on site near Corinna since reports of 50 dolphins in the river were received late on Sunday.


The dolphins are in groups above and below the village of Corinna. Approximately 12 dolphins died on Sunday afternoon. A further 34 stranded on a beach at the mouth of the Pieman River. Seventeen have since died.


Mr Arthur said the conditions are proving challenging for the dolphins and the crew on site. 


“We are having to use the river as transport because heavy rain has made parts of the area inaccessible,” he said.


“Strong westerlies are creating treacherous waters at the mouth of the river and making the likelihood of getting large numbers of dolphins back out to sea limited in the short term.


“However while the animals are alive there is hope and we are continuing to plan towards getting dolphins back out into the ocean,” he said.


“We have developed techniques over the years and will be using them to give the dolphins the best chance we can.


“We have a small well equipped group of people working on this stranding and additional resources are arriving shortly. At this stage there is no requirement for volunteers to attend.”