Many species depend on the wetlands, seagrasses, tidal flats and rocky reefs of the Derwent estuary. Over time, much of the Derwent estuary's biodiversity has been lost to development, pollution, introduced pests and other forces. Our challenge is to prevent further losses and to work together to recover the habitats our iconic species depend on.

The DEP has undertaken a number of projects to conserve and restore the Derwent's unique habitats and species. Many of these have been supported through the Australian Government's Natural Heritage Trust and Caring for Our Country.

Seal pup

Restoring and promoting the Derwent estuary