Subtidal Habitats and Inhabitants of the Tamar Estuary


Royal Society of Tasmania 2013 Lecture Series

Start Date

23rd Jun 2013 2:00pm


Meeting Room, QVMAG, Inveresk

RSVP / Contact Information

E:, P: 63233798


Mr David Maynard
Curator of Natural Sciences, QVMAG

will present



The Tamar River estuary is unique in many ways. Australia's longest navigable waterway, it  receives freshwater from nearly 1/5th of Tasmania's landmass, which meets an estimated 300,000,000 cubic metres of salt water entering the system twice a day on the incoming tides.
However, the Tamar River estuary has some image problems. Some in the community see only the unsightly mud flats exposed in the upper reaches and their impact on aesthetics and amenity. But below the surface of the Tamar is a whole other world that remains invisible to the broader community. This lecture presents a visual snapshot of the habitats and inhabitants that reside just below the Tamar's surface waters.

David Maynard is the current Curator Natural Sciences at the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery. He  has a background in temperate marine biodiversity and has previously lectured for 13 years on fisheries and marine environment related topics at the Australian Maritime College. Mr Maynard has a passion for cataloguing fish and marine invertebrates using photography. He co-authored the book Beneath the Tamar More Than Silt which drew on his experience and underwater photography skills.

Admission: $5 General Public, $3 Friends of the Museum, $2 Students
Free for members of the Royal Society of Tasmania

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