Coastal / Marine Biodiversity

Tasman District has significant coastal ecological resources including:

  • eight sites of international significance for shorebirds (Farewell Spit is also a RAMSAR site),
  • the second and third largest estuaries in the South Island (Waimea and Wanganui Inlets respectively),
  • large areas of natural dunelands (Farewell Spit),
  • large areas of seagrass communities (particularly around Wanganui Inlet and Puponga-Pakawau),
  • salt turf communities of the West Coast part of the region,
  • Tonga Island Marine Reserve and
  • large areas of natural terrestrial coastal margins (around Abel Tasman and West Coast).

Most of Council’s biodiversity monitoring in the coastal environment involves broad-scale mapping of habitats in estuaries and 200m coastal terrestrial margin as well as fine-scale assessments of muddy environments in estuaries. More recently Council has partnered with Birds NZ to produce reports about shorebird communities of Tasman’s coast.

Coastal Ecological Risk Assessment Monitoring Report

2012 report on the health of Tasman's coastlines.

Estuarine Information

Learn about the Tasman District's valuable estuaries and sand flats, and the Council project to monitor and protect them.

Marine Reserves