Schedule of works

The marine estate Schedule of Works identifies priority areas of work as part of the strategic, holistic, evidence-based approach to managing the NSW marine estate – marine waters, coast and estuaries, including marine parks.

In forming advice for the Minister for Primary Industries and Minister for the Environment, the Marine Estate Management Authority (Authority) has direct access to independent expertise across economic, social and ecological sciences through the Marine Estate Expert Knowledge Panel (Knowledge Panel). The Authority and the Knowledge Panel are helping the NSW Government to focus their programs on priority issues and will oversee implementation of appropriate, innovative, cost-effective management responses to the biggest threats and risks.

The Schedule of Works will be updated periodically as work progresses. Download the Schedule of Works here.

Table 1.  Priority marine estate projects

Indicative timing of completion

Priority project

Status at January 2017

By the end of June each year

Marine Estate Management Authority’s annual progress report published.

2016 report pending

2017

Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion assessment - explore mechanisms to enhance conservation of marine biodiversity in the Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion (Newcastle - Sydney - Wollongong).

In progress

2017

Marine Estate Management (Management Rules) Regulation 1999 amended to implement final decision regarding 10 ocean beach and headland sanctuary zone sites in four marine parks in relation to shore-based recreational line fishing.

In progress

2017

State-wide threats and risks to the marine estate assessed.

In progress

2018

Regulations to complement the Marine Estate Management Act 2014 reviewed.

In progress

2018

Marine Estate Management Strategy developed.

In progress

2018

Develop marine and estuarine monitoring, evaluation and reporting program.

In progress

2018
Following review of Regulations

New approach to marine park management and zoning at Batemans Marine Park and Solitary Islands Marine Park developed and piloted.

In progress

Ongoing

Input relating to the marine estate provided to NSW planning system and coastal reforms.

On-going

Table 2.  Future marine estate projects

Indicative timing of completion

Future project

Status at January 2017

On-going

Implement Marine Estate Management Strategy, including marine and estuarine monitoring, evaluation and reporting program.

Pending

Following completion & evaluation of Hawkesbury assessment

Explore mechanisms to enhance conservation of marine biodiversity in the Twofold Shelf marine bioregion (Far South Coast).

Pending

Following completion & evaluation of pilots

Timetable for reviewing management and zoning in other marine parks.

Pending

Five years after assessment is finalised

Health check of state-wide threat and risk assessment.

Pending

Five years after Strategy comes into effect

Health check of Marine Estate Management Strategy.

Pending

Table 3.  Completed marine estate projects

Completed Projects

Note

Moratorium provisions in Marine Parks Act 1997 amended to allow for changes to zoning including alteration of sanctuary zones.

Passed Parliament August 2013

The Authority’s vision and principles determined, to guide management of the marine estate.

Principles paper published November 2013

Marine Estate Management Authority’s annual progress report published.

2013, 2014, 2015 annual reports have been published

Social research, through a state-wide survey to capture NSW community views on the marine estate.

July 2014

Recreational fishing access on mainland ocean beaches and headlands in marine park sanctuary zones assessed, using a draft threat and risk assessment framework.

Announced December 2014

Marine Estate Management Act 2014 finalised.

Commenced December 2014

Vacant positions on marine park advisory committees filled.

2015

Threat and risk assessment framework developed.

Published June 2015

Evaluation of Marine Estate Expert Knowledge Panel processes and role in NSW marine estate management.

Evaluation outcomes will be published in 2016 MEMA annual progress report

Page last updated/reviewed: 13 Mar 2017