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New lease of life for original lighthouse vents

15/05/2018

As part of the ongoing conservation of the Cape Bruny and Maatsuyker Island lighthouses, a team effort has been underway to restore the original bronze vents from the lighthouses' lantern rooms.More

Record visitor numbers at Highfield Historic Site

09/05/2018

Visitation numbers at Highfield Historic Site in Stanley have reached a record high, with 12,535 people visiting in the 12 months ending March 2018.More

Cradle Mountain shuttle bus tender awarded

08/05/2018

A new bus fleet featuring environmentally friendly technology and vehicles with improved accessibility and increased capacity will help to meet increasing visitor numbers following the awarding of the tender to McDermott Coaches.More

Opossum Bay Marine Conservation Area

The Opossum Bay Marine Conservation Area is located in the southeast of the River Derwent between Gellibrand Point in the north and Johns Point in the south. The reserve comprises an area of 555.5 hectares and contains a mixture of sand beaches and rocky reefs with kelp beds and associated reef and sandy sediment ecosystems.

South Arm Marine Conservation Area

The primary objective of the reserve is the protection of habitat for the endangered spotted handfish (Brachionichthys hirsutus) and is of interest as an area for scientific research on the species. The reserve also contains a resting area for shearwaters, a shark refuge, and significant habitat for shorebirds.

The area was proclaimed a conservation area under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 on 9 December 2009. This reserve class provides for the protection and maintenance of the natural and cultural values of the area and the sustainable use of natural resources.

Fishing is permitted in the reserve. Rules and regulations relating to recreational fishing in Tasmania can be found in the Recreational Sea Fishing Guide