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
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
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.