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This issue report refers to the removal, either continually or intermittently, of Tasmanian native fauna for a consumptive purpose such as for food, fur or for recreational purposes. Fauna culled for crop protection is not included within this issue.
Since the earliest period of human habitation, Tasmanian's native fauna species have been harvested for food and utilitarian purposes by aboriginal people. Since European settlement a number of Tasmanian native species have been extensively harvested, some more than others, with predators the first species targeted solely for the purpose of minimising economic loss. The most notable species harvested were the Thylacine and the Tasmanian Emu, which were both hunted to extinction.
The species currently harvested in Tasmania are: brushtail possums, wallabies (Bennetts and Tasmanian pademelon), muttonbirds, Cape Baron Geese (eggs), and freshwater vertebrates, particularly blackfish and short-finned eels.
This 'At a glance' section provides an overview of the issue of native fauna harvesting. More detailed information is available in the Native Fauna Harvesting Issue Report. Four indicators are presented that report on native species harvested in Tasmania and those under permit and with management plans, the number of recreational licenses issued for harvesting native species, and population trends of the brushtail possum.
No specific recommendation is provided on this issue.
Unfavourable and uncertain news
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Last Modified: 14 Dec 2006
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