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Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Our Sea, Our Future
Major findings of the State of the Marine Environment Report for Australia

Compiled by Leon P. Zann
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Townsville Queensland

Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, Canberra (1995)
ISBN 0 642 17391 5

5. Regional issues in the marine environment - continued


Poopulation: 450,000 (180,000 in Hobart). Coastline: 3,200 km long. Australia's only island State. Major features: headlands interspersed with sand beaches and lagoons in north-east; cliffed coasts and sand beaches in south; sand beaches , headlands river estuaries and harbours in the west; and open coast and river estuaries with numerous islands in the north. Major issues stem from poor water quality (heavy metals, nutrients), introductions of exotic species and fisheries (declining catches, catch sharing). Problem areas include: Derwent River, Maquarie Harbour, Burnie are, D'Entrecasteaux Channel and North West Bay, Orielton Lagoon and Tamar River.(6-14),(42-47),(54)

Major Sate and regional issues include: