Discussion paper
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Tasmania’s coastal waters have high biodiversity and endemism but are in a state of decline and increasing pressure from climate change, fishing and aquaculture operations, agricultural run-off, urban development, and population growth. Where problems have been identified, there is often no recovery or threat abatement plan.

Despite the environmental, economic and cultural significance of Tasmania’s coastal waters, it has been over a decade since the last integrated assessment of their health by resource managers. Legislative and regulatory frameworks that manage their use operate in isolation and need to be modernised and integrated.

Key recommendations:

  • Adopt an integrated, ecosystem-based approach to managing Tasmania’s marine estate. 
  • Establish multi-disciplinary ecosystem condition assessments and reporting. 
  • Establish comprehensive, adequate and representative marine protected areas (MPAs) to conserve the region’s high global values, consistent with integrated ocean management. 
  • Undertake an independent review of Tasmania's marine legislation and regulatory framework. 
  • Provide adequate resourcing for the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service to co-manage MPAs with First Nations Tasmanians, in collaboration with scientists, and stakeholders. 
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