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Background - Phases 1 and 2

Published 21 October 2021

The Marine Estate Management Authority (the Authority) began the Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion assessment (the Hawkesbury Assessment) in 2015 and proposed several management initiatives to enhance marine biodiversity conservation whilst achieving balanced community outcomes, including opportunities for a wide range of recreational and commercial uses.

Most of these management initiatives were incorporated into the Marine Estate Management Strategy (2018-2028). These initiatives include water quality, restoration of aquatic habitats, litter and marine debris, research priorities, wildlife interactions, improving boating infrastructure and land use planning outcomes.

Phase 1

  • Step one - Involved early and effective engagement with the NSW community via the NSW Marine Estate Community Survey in 2014 and further engagement in mid-2015 to identify the community’s values and benefits derived from the bioregion, perceived threats to those benefits and to identify sites for consideration in the Assessment. Aboriginal community groups were also specifically consulted, in response to the Audit recommendations. The outcomes of Phase 1 engagement are documented in the Summary of Hawkesbury Shelf community and stakeholder engagement (MEMA 2015) (PDF, 1.34 MB)
  • Step two - Applied a formal threat and risk assessment (TARA) framework to identify the priority threats and risks to the environmental assets and social and economic benefits derived from the bioregion. The Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion Threat and Risk Assessment (2015) (PDF, 1.93) outlines the key findings from this work.

Phase 2

Background reports

Note: Some of these documents contain images of complex graphs. To obtain an accessible version of the content email contact.us@marine.nsw.gov.au  for more information.


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