The surveying of marine habitats in Tasmanian coastal waters is an ongoing process through the SeaMap Tasmania project. Our maps are now easier to display and explore through our new map server!

SeaMap Tasmania data supports the management of Tasmanian marine resources by:

  • mapping the distribution of seabed habitat types in estuarine, coastal and marine waters of Tasmania through photographic, acoustic, biological and sediment sampling
  • consolidating all existing Tasmanian seabed habitat mapping data into a single Geographic Information System and relational database
  • providing a series of seabed habitat maps for Tasmanian State waters and distributing these widely on the Internet and other digital forms
  • promoting and coordinating postgraduate projects in the area of seabed habitat mapping.

This information is assisting with a wide range of coastal research and planning issues including:

  •     Marine Protected Area development
  •     Environmental impact modelling and assessment
  •     Fisheries assessments
  •     Habitat monitoring
  •     Marine farm planning
  •     Localised coastal developments
  •     State of Environment (SoE) reporting, and
  •     Pollution and oil spill response.

Seabed habitat mapping is also being complemented with targeted habitat monitoring in particular areas that examines changes in habitat extent and structure at a finer resolution over time.

The SeaMap Tasmania project first begun data collection in 2000.