Situated at the northern end of Great Oyster Bay on Tasmania’s east coast, Moulting Lagoon and the nearby Apsley Marshes are important wetland areas. They provide critical habitat for waterbirds (including migratory species), are important fish nurseries, and filter water running off the land into the sea. The land surrounding these Ramsar-listed sites is also important for agriculture and tourism, and the waterways themselves are important for aquaculture such as mussels and oysters. The region’s saltmarsh and wetland communities are under threat from weeds, incursions by livestock and vehicles, the impacts of agricultural activities in the surrounding landscape and a changing climate. These processes have caused damage to soil and vegetation and changes to how water moves across the landscape (hydrology).
In partnership with Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, Tasmanian Land Conservancy, Nature Glenelg Trust and local landholders and farmers, NRM South is working to address threats to these sites and support landholders to improve wetland health for the benefit of species and industries that are reliant on this ecosystem.
Project activities will include priority weed control, fencing to restrict stock and vehicle access, and the strategic establishment, restoration, and protection of fringing vegetation (including wetland, saltmarsh and dry eucalypt forest). This project will work to restore natural flows in areas at Long Point affected by altered drainage, within the Moulting Lagoon Ramsar Site. The current eco-hydrological character of the site will be analysed to guide future activities.
Establishing relationships with, and engagement from, landholders will be a crucial part of this project, which will be seeking to establish 10-year land management agreements across multiple properties adjoining the sites.
We will be working to recognise the importance of the area to Traditional Owners and will be supporting involvement by the Tasmanian Aboriginal community in land management activities including traditional burning/fire management and surveying native fauna and introduced pests at the sites.