Water quality and litter (0)
Taking action to stop water pollution and litter before it gets into our waterways.
Aquatic biodiversity offsets
Develop and implement policy to protect high-value fish habitats through use of biodiversity offsets.
Building capacity on the risk-based framework
Increasing awareness of the risk-based framework through guidance forums and online portal.
Diffuse source water pollution strategy
Improving management of water pollution from diffuse sources in NSW.
Estuarine water quality monitoring
Monitoring the water quality and health of estuaries to detect problems and see the benefits of improved management.
Landuse pressures on the marine estate
Monitoring the condition of gauged streams using water quality and biological indicators for different landuses.
Marina pollution monitoring
A pilot program implementing and evaluating systems that trap runoff and pollution from slipways and marinas in NSW. Project to commence in future years.
Marine litter campaign
Extending the ‘Don’t be a Tosser’ litter campaign to include the marine estate.
Marine debris working group
Convene the Marine Debris Working Group composed of agency representatives and academic experts to oversee a marine debris risk assessment and the research, monitoring, analysis and coordination of marine litter/ debris actions.
NSW litter prevention strategy
The Litter Prevention Strategy is expanding towards a greater focus on reducing marine litter. This includes establishing new targets to reduce litter in the marine environment and incorporating additional stormwater and catchment management actions into the litter prevention program.
Review of the NSW Water Quality Objectives
Reviewing the NSW Water Quality Objectives so they support current community values.
Water quality working group
Working with other government agencies to improve the management of the marine estate’s water quality.
Healthy coastal habitats (0)
Taking action to improve the management of foreshore and waterway structures to protect the marine environment.
Coastal design guidelines review
Improving the design of coastal cities and towns by promoting environmentally friendly planning and infrastructure.
Coastal floodplain drainage management
Providing a framework for managing coastal floodplain drainage to improve water quality, simplify approvals and support viable primary industries.
Commercial dredging audit
Implement the outcomes of the audit commercial dredging in estuaries that identified and recommended actions to improve licencing conditions and related environmental outcomes.
Estuary bank management strategies
Developing environmentally friendly methods of bank stabilisation to manage foreshores and guide future investment.
Developing an approval framework to support entrance management for intermittently closed and open lakes and lagoons (ICOLL).
Innovative technology research
Exploring ways of using artificial intelligence to map and monitor habitats and species.
Mapping seagrass, mangrove and saltmarsh
Developing new methods for mapping seagrass, mangrove and saltmarsh to determine species, measure condition and identify threats.
Marine vegetation strategies
Developing estuary-wide strategies for rehabilitating and protecting mangroves and saltmarsh so they are resilient to key threats.
Reconnecting fish habitats
Restoring fish passage and river connectivity at priority weir and road crossings so that fish can move between habitats, avoid predators, find food and breed.
Threats to estuarine vegetation
Understanding the effects of human activities on seagrass, mangrove and saltmarsh.
Climate change (0)
Taking action to identify marine environments and species at threat from climate change.
Climate change adaptation
This project is the key action for climate change adaptation.Using adaptation assessments, it would build the knowledge and capacity of coastal and marine managers and communities to increase resilience and identify adaptation solutions to climate change in the marine estate.
Climate change citizen science
Using community data to map changes in marine species distributions due to climate change.
Climate change research
Researching the effects of climate change to fill knowledge gaps and guide future management actions.
Climate change threats to seagrass, mangrove and saltmarsh
Develop a first-pass model of wetland distributions under future sea level rise scenarios to help identify those most at risk and to prioritise land suitable for wetland protection and retreat.
Consistent regional climate modelling
Applying the NSW and ACT Regional Climate Modelling (NARCliM) projections in research to understand the local impacts of climate change on marine estate values.
Aboriginal cultural values (0)
Taking action to increase active participation of Aboriginal people in managing the marine estate.
Evaluate current arrangements of Aboriginal peoples’ participation in Sea Country management and establish an effective Aboriginal engagement framework.
Climate change on culture
Investigate the impacts of climate change on Aboriginal communities and culture in the marine estate and develop strategies to reduce or adapt to this risk (new project).
Cultural fishing funds
Delivering targeted funds to increase economic opportunities for Aboriginal people in the fishing and seafood industry.
Cultural research and monitoring
Develop a research, monitoring and evaluation approach that is integrated with the Aboriginal engagement framework (Aboriginal engagement project) and aligns with overall Monitoring Program.
Elders as mentors
Deliver ‘Elders as Mentors’ project in each marine park. Elders are important knowledge holders in Aboriginal communities. This new project provides a special opportunity to respect and honour Aboriginal Elders as experts to spend time alongside marine estate staff and impart knowledge so that a greater respect and appreciation of Sea Country and Aboriginal cultural values can be obtained.
Sea Country management
Enhance opportunities for Aboriginal employment in NSW Government to manage Sea Country
Sea Country plans
Develop Sea Country plans with Aboriginal communities. Sea Country plans are an important way for Aboriginal people to determine their custodian roles, responsibilities and priorities to care for Sea Country and protect their cultures. It also provides important cultural information such as cultural management practices, subsistence fishing and continuity of cultural traditions to be handed down for future generations.
Sea Country rangers
Work with Aboriginal communities to design and deliver a caring for Sea Country ranger model and activities across the marine estate.
Threatened & protected species (0)
Taking action to protect threatened and protected marine wildlife from harm.
Education to protect and conserve marine wildlife
Explaining the need to protect marine threatened and protected species and the importance of community to achieve this.
Fishing industry sustainability
Work with industry to develop measures to reduce interactions with threatened and protected species, online reporting of interactions
Improve reporting of interactions with marine wildlife
Improving reporting and data sharing on marine threatened and protected species to support evidence-based decisions about marine wildlife management.
Partnerships to protect marine wildlife
Strengthening partnerships with government, community and industry to enhance the management, incident response and rehabilitation of marine threatened and protected species.
Planning to protect marine wildlife
Improving strategic planning and coordination of marine threatened and protected species programs across NSW.
Species habitat research
Understand and reduce impacts of habitat modification on threatened and protected species (project to commence in future years).
Undertake research and monitoring to help fill key knowledge gaps identified in the statewide TARA, and to address cumulative threats to marine wildlife, monito r trends in threats and the health and condition of their habitats.
Strategies for mitigating species interactions
Developing and implementing strategies to reduce interactions between commercial fishing gear and threatened and protected species.
Sustainable fishing & aquaculture (0)
Taking action to support commercial, recreational and Aboriginal cultural fisheries and aquaculture to be economically viable and ecologically sustainable into the future.
Cultural fishing monitoring
Explore potential pathways to enable assessment of cultural fishing in NSW in terms of participation, catch and effort and relate these aspects to access arrangements within current resource management decision making processes including harvest strategies
Eat more NSW seafood
Building marketing and promotion capability in seafood businesses through small-scale and large-scale grants.
Improve fishing access by fish stocking and artificial reef installation at key places and planning fishing platforms.
Fishing industry marine stewardship
Develop information and training package in partnership with key fishing sectors and assist in delivery.
Harvest strategy development
Developing harvest strategies for use by commercial, recreational and cultural fishers to reduce the risks of fishing on species of concern.
Harvest strategy research
Develop and operationalise NSW Government policy and guidelines on fisheries harvest strategies, and progress assessment and management of ecological risk posed by NSW fisheries, prioritising potential management responses.
Utilise the Marine Waters Aquaculture Strategy to identify and establish new marine aquaculture ventures in NSW.
Marine biosecurity awareness
Using social research into recreational boaters' knowledge of the risks of aquatic pests and diseases to develop a communication and behavioural change management program.
Marine estate benefits
Investigate the non-economic benefits from a healthy NSW marine estate gained by stakeholders undertaking fishing activity and examine variables that maximise those returns to benefit management decisions (new project).
Oyster aquaculture business and environment
Assist the recovery of oyster aquaculture farms affected by natural disaster events and incentivise innovative solutions that mitigate future impacts and ensure resilient businesses and sustained healthy estuaries (new project).
Recreational fishing environmental assessment
Limiting the environmental impacts of recreational fishing by completing an environmental impact assessment and a recreational fisheries strategy.
Recreational fishing values
Examine historical NSW recreational fishing surveys to examine what motivate fishers and what factors relate to a greater sense of satisfaction. This research will inform Strategy monitoring programs (new project)
Identifying the priorities for socio-ecological research to support the Marine Estate Management Strategy.
Wild catch fish stocks
Contributing NSW biological, catch and effort data to help develop the Status of Australian Fish Stocks Reports and develop Harvest Strategies.
Safe & sustainable boating (0)
Taking action to provide boating access to our waterways that is safe and protects marine environments.
Working with partners in the Boating Now grants program to improve environmentally sustainable access to the marine estate and manage conflicting uses.
End-of-life vessel management
Develop options to manage vessels that are reaching or have reached the end of their useful life to mitigate potential environmental risks and enhance access to moorings
Environmentally friendly moorings
Establish a performance-based standard for Environmentally Friendly Moorings (EFM) and review policy and regulatory options for improving adoption and maintenance of EFM.
Marine pollution legislation
Reviewing the Marine Pollution Act 2012 and its role in protecting the NSW environment from pollutants discharged from ships.
Marine pollution responsibilities
Clarifying the status of Transport for NSW's Appropriate Regulatory Authority (ARA) with a focus on pollution from vessels in marine parks.
Optimising mooring density in mooring fields to better meet demand.
Improve the strategy for audit of moorings and enforcement of mooring licence conditions.
Review and modernise the strategy for mooring management and administration to improve access to moorings.
Recreational boater education
Continuing to educate recreational boaters about compliance with environmental regulations.
Vessel environmental standards
Continue to enforce environmental standards and regulations among domestic commercial vessels and recreational vessels.
Analysing data in shipping movements and interactions with threatened and protected species to identify knowledge gaps.
Enhancing community benefits (0)
Taking action to increase understanding of the way we all use and share the marine environment.
Blue growth economy
Working across multiple sectors to develop a Blue Growth Strategy for NSW which explores opportunities for coordinated, innovative, long-term, sustainable development of the marine estate with a focus on those current and emerging activities which provide the greatest opportunity for sustainable growth for NSW (project to commence in future years).
Community wellbeing framework
Collecting social, cultural and economic data to provide a foundation for long-term monitoring of community wellbeing associated with the marine estate.
Economic benefits monitoring
Monitoring the economic benefits associated with the marine estate under the community wellbeing framework.
Marine estate education strategy
Implementing the NSW Marine Estate Education Strategy and curriculum-based schools package.
Marine estate economic valuation
Developing a consistent and comprehensive economic valuation model based on international best practice in ocean accounting that takes account of market and non-market values to monitor the economic health of the marine estate.
Effective governance (0)
Taking action to trial new ways of managing our marine environment that are more efficient and effective, simpler and clearer for everyone and provide greater opportunities for stakeholder involvement in decision making.
Better geographic information systems (GIS) for the marine estate
Improving geographic information systems (GIS) for marine estate managers and users.
Collaborating across government to coordinate activities that improve compliance across multiple regulations in the marine estate. Project scheduled to commence in future years
Improving project governance
Reviewing projects to determine where governance is embedded and identify gaps that need to be addressed.
Reducing red tape
Reducing the regulatory burden for community, industry and key stakeholders when using the marine estate.
Reducing red tape for marine parks
Reducing inconsistencies and duplication in regulations affecting marine parks.
Streamlining authorisation processes
Finding ways to streamline the current marine park authorisation process and move to an online platform.
Understanding government stakeholders
Reviewing the roles and responsibilities of government agencies involved in the Strategy.
Understanding non-government stakeholders
Identifying marine estate stakeholders and their networks to develop plans for improving communication and engagement.
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