Coastal, Estuarine & Marine in Southern Tasmania
Approximately 40% of Tasmania’s coastline is found within the Southern region, including estuaries up to fresh water and the coastal shores of many hundreds of islets. Spanning some 3,263km, this stretch of coastline is longer than that of either Victoria or New South Wales.
Since European settlement, human activities have had a significant impact on many marine, coastal and estuarine environments across the Region. Today, the majority of our population and all major centres are still found in coastal and estuarine areas. While these environments provide a range of social, economic and environmental benefits, the concentration of people and related actives in coastal and estuarine areas brings with it an array of impacts and sometimes conflicting interest which need to be managed.