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Kelp collectors on King Island are gearing up for a bumper winter harvest, after westerly weather dumped a large amount of bull kelp on the shore. The kelp is dried and then exported for use as fish food and garden fertiliser. Kelp harvesters rely on rough westerly weather to wash the kelp ashore.

Scientists and a New Zealand dog trainer head to Macquarie Island this month to look at how to best tackle the problem of rodents and rabbits. The World Heritage listed island, half way between Tasmania and Antarctica, is being overrun by the pests. $25 million will be spent on the eradication program.

Hobart residents have been advised to avoid eating two fish species caught in the Derwent Estuary because of elevated mercury levels. Elevated mercury levels were found in 28 black bream and 25 sea run brown trout caught mainly between Bridgewater and New Norfolk.

Tasmania Police has announced the establishment of a Cold Case Investigation Unit to review unsolved major crime investigations. Police Commissioner Richard McCreadie said the unit would have a particular focus on unsolved homicides and missing person cases where foul play was suspected.

Tasmania is to star in the international spotlight as dozens of American TV producers, filmmakers and global company chiefs flock to the state in the next six months to prepare movies, cable TV shows and product promotions. Tourism Tasmania CEO Felicia Mariani revealed the coup yesterday after 12 days in Los Angeles and New York for the G’Day USA festival.

Several of Tasmania’s former convict sites are to be included on the National Heritage List — Cascades Female Factory in South Hobart, the Darlington Probation Station on Maria Island and the Coal Mines Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula.

Artefacts missing from Mawson’s Hut in the Antarctic since 1971 are on their way back to Tasmania after being discovered at a New York auction house. A spoon used by Sir Douglas Mawson and two planks of wood carrying the Australian Antarctic Exploration insignia were listed for auction at New York’s Swann Art Gallery earlier this year.

Forget the jewels, the world trips and the flash cars … new thermal undies top the wish list of the woman who has won $10 million, Tasmania’s biggest ever Oz Lotto jackpot.

The search for a Danish backpacker who went missing on Tasmania’s snow-capped Cradle Mountain more than two weeks ago may not be resumed for months. The search will not resume until the weather improves and the snow on the mountain begins to melt.

New research has shown that an endangered species of worm is thriving after last year’s bushfires on Tasmania’s east coast. The Giant Velvet Worm found exclusively in Eastern Tasmania is hundreds of millions of years old and lives in decaying logs.