Marine Discovery weekends

10 June 2014 | Fact sheet

Environment Tasmania is running a Tasmanian Marine Discoveries program, with the support of Events Tasmania, councils and local groups. The program offers the community an opportunity to go beneath the waves and discover this unique underwater environment - what is there, how it is special, why it is important, and how we can better look after it. Based out of Maria Island and Governor Island Marine Reserves, and other locations around the state.

Tasmania has a spectacular coastline and a diverse marine environment with an unusually high number of unique species and important conservation values.

Tasmania’s marine environment has more unique species than the Great Barrier Reef and world-class conservation values, but many people know about as much about our local marine environment as they do about the geology of the moon. Without this understanding or connection to what lies beneath the “thin blue line”, getting them to contribute to its conservation is significantly harder.

So, Environment Tasmania’s Marine Discovery Program has brought together a unique collaboration of government department Events Tasmania, local councils, community groups and businesses, to promote the spectacular values of our marine and coastal environment, and help people go beneath the waves.

Marine Discovery events allow for the provision of different events that tailor to different capabilities and interests – from rockpool rambles and guided snorkels to glass-bottom boat tours, citizen science workshops and film nights – we are providing people with a platform with which they can try out the marine environment, understand its values and threats, and contribute to improving its management and protection.

The Tasmanian Marine Discovery program will continue up to and beyond the WPC 2014 event, taking Tasmanians and interstate visitors to more of our beautiful beaches and magnificent marine environments. And as we head into areas that aren’t protected by marine reserves, we’ll be discussing how these areas and their local wildlife and fish populations have changed over the decades, and how different they would be today, if they had been protected years ago.