Coastal / marine biodiversity

Tasman is home to several internationally and nationally significant estuaries and sand flats because of the rich abundance of life they support.

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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 Pūponga-Pākawau),
  • 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).

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