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Protecting our local saltmarshes

UNIVERSITY of Tasmania’s Dr Vishnu Prahalad has joined forces with Derwent Estuary Program staff and Glenorchy City Council environment officers to survey saltmarshes at Windermere Bay and along the GASP boardwalk.

Saltmarshes occur in small patches at a few sites along the Derwent estuary foreshore within the City of Glenorchy.

They are highly productive habitats, providing food and shelter for insects, crabs, birds, and fish.

They also help to support the healthy functioning of the Derwent by improving water quality and provide protection from flooding and storm surges.

These dynamic habitats are under threat from weeds, litter, human disturbance, and climate change.

Glenorchy City Council environmental engagement officer Carl Gallagher said the data being collected by the Derwent Estuary Program and University of Tasmania would help Council gain a better understanding of how to protect and manage its local saltmarshes

“We are planning some activities later this year so our community can learn more about these important habitats,” he said.

“We’ve also had some interest from community volunteers who are keen to participate in activities such as clean-ups, weeding, and ongoing saltmarsh monitoring to help protect these areas.”

Residents interested in getting involved in these activities can contact Council on 6126 6800.

Caption: Saltmarshes in the City of Glenorchy municipality.