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Write to Tasmania's Environment Minister for oceans

lutruwita/Tasmania is an island state with a unique coastal lifestyle and some of the most diverse marine life in the world. Unfortunately, Tasmania’s oceans are also a “hot spot” for climate change impacts. Meanwhile, fishing isn’t as good as it used to be and many ecosystems are in decline due to expanding aquaculture, invasive species, and terrestrial run-off.

Write to Tasmania's Environment minister asking for better care of our ocean environment.

Dear Minister Jaensch,

I care about Tasmania's ocean environment and am extremely concerned about the decline in the health of our oceans.

I urge you to make the following changes so we can continue to see our marine life and oceans thriving into the future: 

  • Implement a new stronger marine act that can encompass all ocean uses and users in a holistic interactive way that safeguards our marine life, jobs, fishing and culture.
  • Implement a Marine Plan for Tasmania, an integrated ecosystem-based ocean management framework that uses Marine Spatial Planning.
  • Ensure fishers are able to continue to fish into the future by adopting sound management tools for sustainable fisheries such as harvest strategies.
  • Safeguard our island lifestyle, coast and waters by committing to more marine habitat restoration and protection.
  • Enact the precautionary principle in all planning and management of Tasmania's ocean environment.
  • Acknowledge climate change impacts on our ocean environment, and prepare to mitigate the risk to marine life and those that rely on marine resources.
  • Engage meaningfully with lutruwita’s Traditional Owners in decision-making related to ocean management that upholds the standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
  • Implement genuine community engagement in ocean planning, for example Co-Design, as has been used successfully in Victoria.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing how you and the Tasmanian government will rise up for Tassie’s oceans and deliver these important changes.

 

Sincerely,

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