Awareness of Tasmania’s Unique Marine Life | Examiner


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A group of passionate Tasmanians are calling for more protection and awareness of the state’s marine environment as part of National Biodiversity Month. Tasmanians for Marine Parks is a campaign launched by the Marine Life Network, which calls for greater attention to threatened and endangered marine life in Tasmania. They aim to ensure that more is done to keep Tasmania’s unique marine wilderness healthy for future generations. Campaign co-chair Mike Jacques said Tasmania is a hotspot for vibrant ocean communities, with plenty of information still on the region’s marine life. READ MORE: A mysterious tombstone and the unknown story of a Tasmanian legend “We know that 90-95% of the seashells, sea snails, starfish and sea urchins studied in Tasmania are unique to South Australia temperate, “he said. “There are tens of thousands of unstudied species of crustaceans, sponges, anemones, sea squirts and many more.” Mr Jacques said Tasmanian reefs are just as colorful and awe-inspiring as tropical reefs, but don’t get as much attention. READ MORE: Retiree village to double in size He hopes campaign will change that. “Most marine invertebrates are so primitive that they are usually mistaken for plants,” he said. “These basic designs have been around for a long time, and many haven’t changed their design much in 500 million years. For some reason, they’re also a riot of color, almost as if showing off.” are listed as threatened, including the gunn shell and starfish from Bruny Island and the River Derwent. READ MORE: Speed ​​limit change on highways prompts questions ‘Tasmania has many treasures, including being a global hotspot for seabird activity,’ said Mr Jacques . The seabird community is unique due to the mix of subantarctic, temperate and migratory species. “Tasmania is also the final stop on some of the world’s great migratory journeys.” Eighteen million Short-tailed Shearwaters return to their breeding colonies around Tasmania in just six weeks from their winter feeding grounds. “It sounds miraculous, but they succeed. “As with all species, it is important to understand where threatened species live, feed and breed in order to meet their survival needs. A big part of the job is to protect key habitats. “Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: Follow us on Google News: Examiner



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