Tasmanian Platypus Management Plan 2010

Cover image - Tasmanian Platypus Management PlanThis management plan recommends key short and long term management actions, research and monitoring required to effectively ensure healthy individuals and populations persist throughout the State.

The management actions address the most significant threats to Tasmanian platypus populations. They include measures to reduce road-kill, reduce predation, reduce rubbish and pollution in waterways, reduce the introduction and impact of alien species, and manage disease within populations. In addition management actions outline responsible land management and sustainable land use practices, and responsible fisheries and angling. To monitor the health and status of platypus populations, the public are encouraged to report sightings of healthy and sick platypuses (link here to "Report Platypus Sightings"). Repeat platypus trapping surveys will also be undertaken.

Tasmanian Platypus Management Plan (1.95 MB)

Content includes:
  • Executive Objectives
  • Guiding principles
  • The Platypus Partnership Program
  • Introduction
  • Characteristics of Tasmanian Platypuses
  • Tasmanian platypus conservation meeting and workshop
  • Conservation advantages for Tasmanian platypuses
  • Risk Assessment of threatening processes
  • Short-term management actions
  • Long-term management actions
  • Public education and engagement priorities
  • Monitoring Recommendations
  • Research priorities
  • Challenges to implementation of this management plan
  • Conclusions
  • Appendix 1: Proposed standard datasheet for collection of platypus morphometric measurements
  • Appendix 2: Considerations and limitations for meaningful approaches to platypus monitoring in Tasmania
  • Appendix 3: Platypus management and research priorities previously identified for key threatening processes across Australia
  • Appendix 4: The use of ScoutGuard SG550 camera traps to monitor platypus activity
  • References
  • Acknowledgements