From rivulets to estuaries, saltmarshes to the sea, the coasts and waterways in Southern Tasmania are a vital part of a healthy, productive environment and we work in a number of ways – and with several organisations – to protect both these special sites and the species that rely on them. The majority of the population in the southern region live near our waterways, so managing impacts is important but can also be challenging.
Our Water Program focuses on maintaining and enhancing the health of key water assets, including rivers and estuaries, wetlands and water bodies, and coastal and marine systems. We achieve this by working with partners (including industry, NGOs and research institutions) at a range of scales. We are working both within catchments and across important ecological communities.
We recognise the importance of working with Traditional Owners, fishers, marine farmers, resource managers, researchers, and the community to deliver on ground actions to restore habitat and build connections across systems and between users. We are employing novel technologies and methods to improve our understanding of water-based systems and our impacts across the landscape to improve decision making and resilience to climate-driven change.
Tasmanian Smart Seafood PartnershipLearn More
Tasmania’s seafood industry uses adaptive management strategies informed by scientific research to make the industry as sustainable as possible. NRM South is working in partnership with the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council to support industry-based training, school education and habitat restoration through the Tasmanian Smart Seafood Partnership.
Saltmarsh Restoration in Pitt Water-Orielton LagoonLearn More
A legacy of changing land use, land clearing and livestock grazing in and around saltmarsh at Pitt Water-Orielton Lagoon has changed landscape function. Sections of saltmarsh have become stranded from tidal inundation, altering the connectivity of fish habitat and exposing waterways to increased nutrient inputs. This has knock-on effects for many of the recreationally important fish that depend on this site, including mullet, Australian salmon, and greenback flounder.
Environmentally friendly moorings for fish habitat restoration of seagrasses in North West BayLearn More
North West Bay is a popular recreational fishing area that is home to important seagrass communities. Seagrass is nursery habitat for fish and squid, and can be damaged by traditional chain mooring systems, which scour the seabed. This project is engaging recreational fishers to adopt and advocate for a transition to Environmentally Friendly Moorings
Reef BuilderLearn More
Australia’s shellfish reefs are an endangered marine ecosystem, with only 10% of native rock oyster and 1% of native flat oyster reef remaining today, based on historical reef distribution. The only known remaining native flat oyster reef is in St. Georges Bay, at St. Helens, on Tasmania’s east coast. We are restoring native flat oyster reefs in the Derwent Estuary and D’Entrecasteaux Channel, where this type of habitat was previously extensive.
Important WetlandsLearn More
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.
Blue CarbonLearn More
The Blue Carbon Ecosystem Restoration project will assist in understanding the diverse benefits of restoring a large area of stranded temperate saltmarsh community, including what happens to adjacent areas of habitat such as seagrass, or surrounding land-based vegetation and ecological communities.