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Invasive species expert Matt Sheehan explains why rice grass has invaded the Tamar estuary

Caitlin Jarvis
By Caitlin Jarvis
Updated December 16 2020 - 2:03am, first published December 15 2020 - 4:00pm
MAN-MADE INVASION: Rice grass on the Tamar River was introduced in the 40s to strengthen the banks to allow ships, but it has now encroached the majority of the length of the estuary and narrowed the channel. Picture: Paul Scambler

If you've ever taken a drive along the banks of the Tamar River, you would be struck by two things - that the outlook to the estuary is stunning, and that thick swathes of rice grass overgrow the banks.

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Caitlin Jarvis

Caitlin Jarvis

Senior Journalist

I have worked in the Tasmanian digital/print media for 11 years, spanning two newsrooms. I have developed a keen interest in agricultural, development and education news, as well as issues-based long-form journalism. Contact me at caitlin.jarvis@examiner.com.au

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