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We need your help

Story by on Oct 5, 2016 in News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on We need your help

We need your help

The Tasmanian Regions magazine blog needs your feedback. Now that the site is back up after a technical overhaul and an update, we need your ideas on how to improve it going forward. Please leave your comments here.

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Heritage values of Sloping Island surveyed

Story by on Sep 21, 2016 in DPIPWE, Heritage Tasmania, Natural and Cultural Heritage, News | Comments Off on Heritage values of Sloping Island surveyed

Heritage values of Sloping Island surveyed

Heritage Tasmania officers recently visited one of the earliest, yet most difficult to access and poorly understood probation stations – on Sloping Island. About 1.5km off the north-west tip of the Tasman Peninsula, the island is less than 2km in length. A probation station was operated on the island from late 1841, representing one of the first examples of the Probation System. Prisoner numbers peaked at 176 in July 1844, just months before the station was abandoned, mainly due to a shortage of fresh water. Although the main station...

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Macca is revegetating

Story by on Sep 21, 2016 in News, Parks and Wildlife Service | Comments Off on Macca is revegetating

Macca is revegetating

The airwaves over Macquarie Island are fair bit quieter these days and the field huts nowhere near as busy as they were during the Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project (MIPEP), but the recovery of the landscape continues to bring pleasant surprises. Ranger-in-charge Chris Howard reported on the vegetation recovery in this latest dispatch from 54 degrees south: The revegetation process is really kicking into gear now as the island’s plants rebound with new found vigour.  I first came to Macca early in 2013 along with the last MIPEP...

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Stranded Minke rescued at Bicheno

Story by on Sep 21, 2016 in DPIPWE, Natural and Cultural Heritage, News | Comments Off on Stranded Minke rescued at Bicheno

Stranded Minke rescued at Bicheno

The DPIPWE Marine Conservation Program (MCP) has enjoyed a big win with the successful re-floating of a dwarf minke whale off rocks near Bicheno in early September. The juvenile whale became stranded on Diamond Island and the incident was reported to MCP biologists via the Whale Hotline. Locals did a fantastic job keeping it cool and wet while waiting for help to arrive. It was moved into deeper water using specialised equipment and a police vessel. Once released the whale responded immediately and swam away strongly. Checks of local beaches...

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Subantarctic fur seal a long way from home

Story by on Sep 21, 2016 in Natural and Cultural Heritage, News, Parks and Wildlife Service | Comments Off on Subantarctic fur seal a long way from home

Subantarctic fur seal a long way from home

In early September PWS Wildlife Ranger Adam Scurrah received a call from Van Diemen Aquaculture indicating that they had found a seal (suspected Australian fur seal pup) near their salmon fish farm lease in the Tamar. They kindly collected it and met Adam at the Launceston Veterinary Clinic for assessment. The seal was no more than 20kgs, and had an injured right eye, but after a check-up the vet gave it some antibiotics and was happy for it to be released, as seals are quite capable of surviving in the wild with superficial wounds. After...

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Devils released at Stony Head

Story by on Sep 21, 2016 in DPIPWE, Natural and Cultural Heritage, News, Save the Tasmanian Devil Program | Comments Off on Devils released at Stony Head

Devils released at Stony Head

After months of hard work by the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program (STDP), its partners and supporters, 33 Tasmanian devils have been released into the wild in the State’s north. The devils include, for the first time, wild animals from Maria Island and devils from the captive insurance population. This latest release at Stony Head (near Low Head) is part of ongoing efforts to protect and recover the species and is crucial to explore ways to rebuild populations affected by Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). The Stony Head devils join 20...

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Wine Glass Bay whales join Freycient Centenary Celebrations

Story by on Sep 21, 2016 in Natural and Cultural Heritage, News | Comments Off on Wine Glass Bay whales join Freycient Centenary Celebrations

Wine Glass Bay whales join Freycient Centenary Celebrations

Freycinet National Park had a welcome guest on its 100th birthday on August 29: an adult southern right whale, which was photographed by the DPIPWE Marine Conservation Program (MCP) in Wineglass Bay. The animal was relaxing in shallow water just off the beach and appeared to be rubbing its back on the sandy bottom. MCP staff were alerted to the animal’s presence in the bay by a call from the public (thanks Damien!) to the Whale Hotline (0427WHALES). MCP Marine Biologist Dr Kris Carlyon said that such calls greatly assisted the MCP’s long-term...

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Declaring new weeds will help protect agricultural and environmental assets

Story by on Sep 20, 2016 in Biosecurity Tasmania, News | Comments Off on Declaring new weeds will help protect agricultural and environmental assets

Declaring new weeds will help protect agricultural and environmental assets

Biosecurity Tasmania is in the process of declaring new weed species in Tasmania. Many of these species are from the Erica plant genus. Erica is a genus of just over 800 species, mostly from South Africa (about 85 per cent), but also from the Mediterranean, Macaronesia and Europe. They are often referred to as heaths. Erica species are evergreen shrubs and sometimes small trees. They don’t occur naturally in Australia, but with their attractive flowers, have been introduced here almost exclusively as garden plants. Being hardy in infertile...

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2014-15 Agri-Food ScoreCard Snapshot released

Story by on Sep 20, 2016 in AgriGrowth Tasmania, News | Comments Off on 2014-15 Agri-Food ScoreCard Snapshot released

2014-15 Agri-Food ScoreCard Snapshot released

The latest Tasmanian Agri-Food ScoreCard Snapshot has found that the value of agricultural production in the 2014-15 financial year was up to $1.438 billion, growing from $1.353 billion the previous year. Tasmania’s traditional markets of potatoes, apples, pears and beef are all key contributors to this growth. The gross value of our seafood production is also on the up, increasing by a massive 12 per cent, to $825 million, including salmon that increased in value by $89 million to $620 million, The strength of Tasmania’s brand – our...

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Another OBP arrives at Melaleuca

Story by on Jan 25, 2016 in Natural and Cultural Heritage, News | Comments Off on Another OBP arrives at Melaleuca

Another OBP arrives at Melaleuca

Anewly arrived OBP was observed at Melaleuca last week, bringing the total number that have returned this season to 23.   The first observation of this first-year male occurred much later than the other arrivals. It is unknown whether he arrived earlier in the season and evaded detection; has been hanging out somewhere else; or only recently arrived. Of particular interest is this birds likely parentage – the pair using the newly designed nest box that he fledged from were both captive-bred adults from Taroona released last season. ​ A...

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