The DEP was established in 1999 and has been nationally recognised for excellence in coordinating initiatives to reduce water pollution, conserve habitats and species, monitor river health and promote greater use and enjoyment of the foreshore. In March 2017, the Derwent Estuary Program established itself as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.

Our major sponsors include: Brighton, Clarence, Derwent Valley, Glenorchy, Hobart and Kingborough councils, the Tasmanian State Government, TasWater, Tasmanian Ports Corporation, Norske Skog Boyer, Hydro Tasmania and Nyrstar Hobart smelter. We also work collaboratively on projects with the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, University of Tasmania, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, NRM South and BirdLife Tasmania.

Our vision for the Derwent is an estuary with a healthy and diverse ecosystem that supports a wide range of recreational and commercial uses and is a source of community pride and enjoyment.

Our mission is to work together to understand the Derwent Estuary system, to take action to progressively enhance and protect the estuary’s values, and to inform and involve the community in this process.

  • Birds on the water, Bruny Island. Image: Tourism Tasmania / Rob Burnett.
    What we do

    The Derwent Estuary Program coordinates a range of projects aimed at restoring and promoting the Derwent estuary.

  • Australian fairy penguins. Image: iStock / jswax.
    Our team

    Meet the people who work for the Derwent Estuary Program.

  • Tasman Bridge, Hobart. Image: Tourism Tasmania / George Apostolidis.
    Our program partners

    The Derwent Estuary Program is a voluntary partnership between the Tasmanian Government, local councils and industry.

  • Reflections on the River Derwent, New Norfolk. Image: Tourism Tasmania / Rob Burnett.
    Latest news

    Stay up to date with community activities, program developments, publications and reports, and other initiatives of the Derwent Estuary Program.

  • Derwent estuary, seen from Bellerive Bluff. Image: Kris McCracken.
    Governance

    The Derwent Estuary Program (DEP) is now a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.