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Environmental Tragedy: The Spectacular Tasmania's East Coast Kelp Forests Have Been Largely Wiped Out

First Posted: Nov 26, 2016 03:50 AM EST
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One of the world's great marine ecosystems that include the world's largest seaweed, the giant kelp forests that stretched along the Tasmania's East Coast were vanishing. This is due to the rising temperatures that affect the marine sea creatures including a community of plants and animals.

The marine biologists said that the vanishing of the once thriving Tasmania kelp forests is disturbing. They said that the only left of the 250 km stretch of kelp forests is just a few outlying patches. The rising temperatures in water or the global warming caused the disappearance of kelp forests.

Craig Johnson, a researcher from Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, said that Tasmania is among the worst affected areas in the world. He further said that that there had been a 90 percent to 95 percent decline since the 1970s. This means that only about 10 percent remains.

The temperature of the ocean water off Tasmania is increasing warming fast. This rises at two to three times faster than the global average. The pest species and other sea creatures such as long-spine sea urchins have taken hold of the East Coast waters. This leaves the seabed barren and dead, according to Mercury. The scientists said that the whole ecosystem at Tasmania east coast is at risk.

Tasmania's East Coast comprises of spectacular landscapes and beautiful beaches located in Australia. It is considered as one of the best scenic coastal drives across the country. There are many comely beaches and fresh seafood. One can also enjoy the historic townships and its friendly locals. With these, many tourists all around the globe visit the Tasmania's East Coast. 

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