The oceans are fundamental to all life on earth. Healthy oceans:
- produce half of the planet’s oxygen
- provide nourishment such as seafood
- regulate temperature and control climatic systems such as rainfall
- protect coasts from erosion
- provide medical treatments for diseases such as cancer
- provide the largest store of carbon in the world
In Tasmania, we have some of the most unique and diverse marine ecosystems in the world. From wild, exposed coasts and offshore reefs, to deep drowned river valleys, ancient sponge gardens and towering kelp forests. These diverse and unique local environments are home to extraordinary wildlife including migratory whales, dolphins, sea birds, crustaceans, molluscs, and over 600 species of fish including the endangered and utterly unique Handfish.
Yet Tasmania’s marine environment faces many threats that need to be addressed immediately if we are to avoid critically degrading our valuable environment, economy and lifestyle. Visit our Threats and Challenges and our Solutions pages to learn more about what’s going on and what needs to be done.