The waterways of stunning Bruny Island are cleaner thanks to the 114 volunteers and the D’Entrecasteaux and Huon Collaboration (DHC) partners who joined a marine debris clean up event Saturday 25 May 2019, removing over 10 cubic metres of debris. Organised by the DHC, these annual clean-ups have removed more than 75 cubic metres of marine debris from southern Tasmania’s waters since 2016.
Marine debris is a major problem for marine ecosystems and the vibrant communities that depend on them. Six million tonnes of fishing gear is lost in the oceans each year, but old fishing gear isn’t even in the top ten most common items found during coastal clean-ups. Three-quarters of marine debris collected is plastic. When plastics enter the ocean, they become increasingly toxic and when plastic is ingested, these concentrated toxins can be delivered to animals and transferred up their food chains. But it’s not all bad news, the D’Entrecasteaux and Huon Collaboration is bringing people together to make a difference.
The D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Huon 2017 Report Card focuses on swimming and seafood safety, coastal and marine habitats, and climate, water quality and sediment health, nutrient inputs and sediments to better document changes in catchment conditions, so we can safely enjoy this incredible asset on our back doorstep.
Wetlands are areas you might walk through every day but don’t ever really see. Next time you are walking your dog along the waters edge or find yourself at a river mouth have a look for marshes or swamps, large grasslands or succulent lawns. To the untrained eye this habitat can seem like a wasteland and has been treated as such. Coastal wetlands, however, are diverse and valuable to humans for the ecological services they provide and also to the incredible wildlife they support. Waterbirds, fish, amphibians, reptiles rely on them for refuge, roost, nest and feeding habitat. Aquatic plant species form a corridor for migration of birds and marine mammals.
The D’Entrecasteaux and Huon waterways are shared-use waterways that host more Tasmanian recreational fishers and boaters than any other in Tasmania, and with thriving commercial operators and growing residential development it is critical that the area’s natural values are managed effectively.
In December 2015, an innovative partnership agreement was signed between industry, government and natural resource managers. The partnership provides a framework for collaboration to support and enhance natural diversity and improve the condition of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Huon Estuary. Today, DHC partners convened at Tinderbox to renew their commitment to this ongoing partnership to 2020. Continue reading “Collaborating for our waterways”
The beaches and waterways of beautiful Bruny Island are notably cleaner thanks to the efforts of the 124 volunteers who joined a marine debris clean up event on 18 August, removing over 10 cubic metres of debris. Organised by the D’Entrecasteaux and Huon Collaboration (DHC), these annual clean-ups have removed over 55 cubic metres of marine debris from southern Tasmania’s waters since 2016.