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Join us for the Power of Parks forum at Launceston

22/07/2016

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) in partnership with the University of Tasmania is exploring The Power of Parks through a series of UTAS public forums celebrating the benefits that parks and reserves provide to Tasmania's overall identify.More

Shipwreck identified as the Viola

19/07/2016

Timber samples from a ship wrecked on Tasmania's East Coast nearly 160 years ago have been identified as the Canadian-built brig Viola.More

Prosecution for Stanley penguin deaths

15/07/2016

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) and the Circular Head Council have conducted a joint investigation after 18 little penguins were found dead near a rookery in Stanley on the State's North-West coast last week.More

Marine Reserves

Tasmania has approximately 5 400 kilometres of coastline - more coastline per unit area than any other State in Australia.

The geographical position and varying climatic conditions of Tasmania, together with the influence of ocean currents, combine to produce a marine environment recognised as one of the most biologically diverse in the world. This rich variety of marine life includes kelp forests, seagrass beds and sponge gardens each with their own communities of fish and invertebrates, including  a range of special creatures from sea dragons and fairy penguins to great white sharks and migrating whales. Tasmanian waters include a province with the highest known marine plant diversity in the world. 

The temperate south marine environment surrounding Tasmania has been geographically and climatically isolated for around 35 million years. About 80–90% of species of most marine groups are endemic, compared to only 10% of species in most groups in northern tropical waters. As a result, the marine environment of Tasmania and similar southern areas is in many ways more significant in world terms than tropical areas such as the Great Barrier Reef.

The Tasmanian Reserve Estate includes 135,100 hectares in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), of which Macquarie Island MPA is 81,946 hectares.  There are a further 48,500 hectares under reserve in other areas of the marine and estuarine environments.  In total 7.9% of Tasmania’s State coastal waters is reserved, however only 4.2% is in no-take areas and the majority of this is concentrated around subantarctic Macquarie Island. Only 1.1% of Tasmania’s immediate coastal waters are fully protected in no-take areas.

The marine reserves of Tasmania offer a taste of this unique diversity.  
Marine Reserves
 
Image Map of Tasmania's Marine Reserves

Tinderbox Marine Reserve
Visitor Guide
Tinderbox offers visitors of all ages a safe introduction to the underwater world.

Maria Island Marine Reserve
Visitor Guide 
Discover a spectacular array of marine life at Maria Island Marine Reserve.

Ninepin Point Marine Reserve
Visitor Guide
Ninepin Point protects an unusual underwater world where light is cut off by tannin-stained water.

Governor Island Marine Reserve
Visitor Guide
A spectacular reserve which offers magnificent sponge gardens and much more.

Kent Group Marine Reserve
Visitor Guide
These Bass Strait islands are unusually rich in fish species, having the highest diversity in Tasmania.

Port Davey Marine Reserve 
Set in the wilderness of southwest Tasmania, this remote region supports unique marine communities.

Macquarie Island Marine Reserve 
The sub-antarctic Macquarie Island Marine Nature Reserve occupies all of Macquarie Island's waters from 0-3 nautical miles.


Marine Conservation Areas

Video Gallery 
Discover the marine environment of Tasmania.

Caring for our Marine Reserves
A practical guide to ensuring that your visit will leave no impact on our fragile marine reserves.

Managing our Marine Reserves
A summary of the issues involved in the management of Tasmania's Marine Reserves.

Beneath Tasmanian Waters Slideshow

Common gurnard perch

Red Velvetfish

Hermit crab

Tasmanian Numbfish

Take a journey beneath Tasmanian waters to discover remarkable marine life with this slideshow.