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Draft Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan

15/01/2015

The Tasmanian Government has today released a draft of the updated Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan.More

New sign celebrates the Overland Track experience

14/01/2015

In the 1960s, visitor information signs at Lake St Clair warned of no trapping, hunting, shooting, picking shrubs, cutting timber and grazing stock. Times have changed, with a new sign installation helping Overland Track walkers to celebrate their walk.More

Overland trek guide for young adventurers

14/01/2015

Of the 8000 people who tackle the world-famous Overland Track each year, almost one in ten is under 18 years old. A new publication from the Parks and Wildlife Service recognises that the experience is different for children.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.  

 
Image Map of Tasmania's Marine Reserves

Tinderbox Marine Reserve
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.

 


New 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.