Tasmanian Ocean Action (TOA) is a group of people who love the ocean and who want to ensure it is kept healthy and diverse now and for generations to come. This can be attained through conservation, marine protected areas and a sustainable use of marine resources.
TOA supports the reduction of marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, marine debris and nutrient pollution. TOA takes action by organizing and participating in marine debris clean-up events and supporting the implementing of container deposit schemes.
TOA supports the sustainable management and protection of marine ecosystems and takes action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans. TOA supports the United Nations Sustainability Goal #14.5 that by 2020, at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas be conserved, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) allow the wildlife in our oceans to recover, breed and thrive. While MPAs prevent people from fishing in these areas, large numbers of mature fish are allowed to breed; hatchlings spread beyond the confines of the MPAs, thius increasing the numbers of fish available to fishers.
TOA supports sustainable fishing practices and science-based fisheries management plans to ensure that fish stocks are maintained at healthy levels.
WHO WE ARE
At Tasmanian Ocean Action, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in maintaining a healthy ocean. Our decision making process is informed by the science and the interests of the community. We strive to build productive relationships with all involved and make a positive impact on our oceans.
Across the Tasman Sea, our Maori brothers and sisters use the word "TOA" (which is our acronym), meaning "warrior" and "courage". There are times when we need to express our warrior nature and our courage to make the changes we need in the world, to pass on to the next generation a world worth living in.