The full version of the Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve (Ramsar Site) Management Plan 2003 can be downloaded as a PDF File (6450 Kb).
Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve is one of ten Ramsar sites (wetlands of international significance) listed in Tasmania. Moulting Lagoon is on this list because it supports a large number of waterbirds, particularly black swans and Australian shelducks, at key stages of their lifecycles. It provides year-round habitat for around 8,000 black swans and is a critical late summer staging area for shelducks, chestnut teal, and several shorebird species. The largest Tasmanian flock of greenshank also occurs at the lagoon.
Nine plant species found in the Moulting Lagoon area are of particular importance for conservation because of their threatened status. Moulting Lagoon/Great Oyster Bay is a site of geoconservation significance, and the spit at Nine Mile Beach is one of only two mid-bay spits in Tasmania.
Estuaries and coastal wetlands have long been recognised as essential nursery areas for a myriad of marine species. The area provides a range of recreational and economic opportunities, and has commercial value for the local tourism and aquaculture industries. The lagoon is also highly valued for hunting and fishing. The reserve’s continued conservation contributes to the economic and social well-being of the local community. Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve will be managed to protect its outstanding natural and cultural values, and provide for a range of recreational opportunities.
To these ends, the management plan provides for:
- continued duck hunting;
- continued closure of ‘The Sanctuary’;
- priority weed removal at Sabinas Island;
- interpretive displays with information on the values, Ramsar listing, appropriate recreational activities and any restrictions which apply;
- better vehicle access to shacks on the foreshore;
- seeking funds for a bird hide/nature walk at Pelican Point;
- investigation of sediment loading and eutrophication;
- participation of stakeholders and community in management of the reserve;
- promoting the reserve for ecotourism, interpretation and education;
- a survey of wildlife thought to cause a problem to adjacent landowners;
- close co-operation with adjacent land owners.