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Reporting progress

Published 20 October 2022

Implementing the Marine Estate Management Strategy

Progress on implementation of the Marine Estate Management Strategy is published:

  • every four months in a triannual snapshot
  • at the end of each year in an annual report.

Copies of past reports are available below.

In addition, the Marine Integrated Monitoring Program is assessing the effectiveness of the Strategy in reducing priority threats and risks to the NSW marine estate.

A ten-year strategy

The Strategy commences its fifth year of implementation on 1 July 2022. See the current implementation plan (PDF, 11744.94 KB) for details about how the Marine Estate Management Strategy is being delivered in 2021-22. A new implementation plan for future years will be published later in 2022.

Highlights of current progress

1 March 2022 to 30 June 2022

Risk-based framework for urban waterway health

New legislated planning controls for managing stormwater to protect and restore waterways in the Wianamatta-South Creek released.

Oyster reef restoration research

Completed the Wagonga Inlet Living Shoreline (WILS) with partners Eurobodalla Shire Council and The Nature Conservancy. Approximately 1,700m2 of intertidal and 1000m2 subtidal oyster reef construction component completed by M&J Marine, including 7m3 of recycled shell placed on 3 subtidal reefs. DPI-Fisheries pre-works monitoring completed.

Coastal Floodplain drainage management

The ‘What We Heard’ report, which outlines challenges and potential solutions to the regulatory regime for coastal agricultural drainage infrastructure, was published in DPE Water’s Water Meetings Library and on the NSW Marine Estate website.

Climate change citizen science

A report card for NSW was published on Redmap outlining climate-driven species redistributions in NSW waters. 656 observations made by 234 citizen scientists of marine species outside their historical distributions were collated, analysed, and presented in the Redmap NSW report card. 23 marine species were found to be undergoing climate-induced distributional changes.

Sea Country rangers

Completion of the inaugural Aboriginal research scuba dive certification. Six Yuin divers completed 3 weeks of intense study and scuba diving training on the South Coast.

Several Tweed /Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) staff completed their open water scuba dive course and commenced monitoring the condition of the underwater habitat of the Cook Island Aquatic Reserve.

Ocean Trap and Line Fishery observer survey

Completed field sampling program monitoring catches in the Ocean Trap and Line (OTL) fishery in the Central Bioregion. Summary of key findings of OTL observer program included:

* A total of 279 fishing trips (~55,000 hook deployments) were monitored throughout the northern NSW Ocean Trap & Line Fishery;

* Over the two years of the study only two incidences of bycatch were recorded with threatened, endangered, or protected sharks and both sharks were released alive

* Greater than 95% of the total observed catch was retained

* Despite more than 4,200 seabirds observed around fishing vessels, only one incidence of seabird bycatch was recorded.

Fisheries enhancements

Minister Saunders announced that the Central Coast is the next region to receive an artificial reef. Community consultation and specialist consultant reports have been completed for Forster (Mid Coast) and Central Coast reefs.

Improved management of aquatic reserves and high value sites

‘Day at the Bay’ festival was held to celebrate 20th anniversary of the declaration of Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve.




Baseline evaluation

Progress reports

Presentations from MEMS local government online forum - July 2021

  1. Introduction (PDF, 3776.63 KB)
  2. Review of the NSW water quality objectives (PDF, 3558.67 KB)
  3. Risk based framework for urban waterway health (PDF, 2270.02 KB)
  4. Risk based framework for regional waterway health (PDF, 2267.9 KB)
  5. Estuarine water quality monitoring (PDF, 2232.12 KB)
  6. Oyster reef restoration (PDF, 4833.15 KB)
  7. Improving roads and tracks (PDF, 4871.89 KB)
  8. Riverbank vegetation improvement  and stabilisation (PDF, 5369.89 KB)
  9. Clean coastal catchments on-ground and research (PDF, 748.11 KB)
  10. Fish friendly workshops for councils (PDF, 2161.73 KB)
  11. Construction sediment management and coastal design guidelines (PDF, 2545.07 KB)
  12. Fish friendly breakwater maintenance (PDF, 2140.58 KB)
  13. Marine vegetation strategies (PDF, 2376.67 KB)
  14. Domestic waterfront structure and estuary bank management strategies (PDF, 5006.01 KB)
  15. Coastal wetland rehabilitation (PDF, 2013.93 KB)
  16. Climate change threats to mangrove and saltmarsh (PDF, 6171.57 KB)
  17. Climate change monitoring (PDF, 2023.4 KB)
  18. Feedback from MEMS Local Government online forum (PDF, 191.25 KB)