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Water quality and litter (0)

Taking action to stop water pollution and litter before it gets into our waterways.

Aquatic biodiversity offsets

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

Building capacity on the risk-based framework

Helping waterway managers and industry understand how to apply the 'Risk-based Framework for Considering Waterway Health Outcomes in Strategic Land-use Planning Decisions' through workshops, resources and other tools.

Diffuse source water pollution governance framework

Diffuse source water pollution governance framework

Improving management of water pollution from diffuse sources in NSW.

Clean coastal catchments monitoring

Clean coastal catchments monitoring

Clean coastal catchment monitoring will assess the benefits of on-ground activities that aim to reduce diffuse-source water pollution.

Clean coastal catchments on-ground

Clean coastal catchments on-ground

Undertake on-ground works in coastal catchments to improve land use practices that reduce nutrient and sediment run-off from the blueberry, greenhouse vegetable and intensive livestock industries.

Clean coastal catchments research

Clean coastal catchments research

Working with farmers to keep sediment and nutrients on farms and out of coastal waterways. This is better for the environment and can support profitable and sustainable agriculture.

Coastal floodplain prioritisation study

Coastal floodplain prioritisation study

Assessing coastal floodplain systems and infrastructure to assist decision makers in the enhancement of water quality, habitat and biodiversity.

Coastal wetland rehabilitation

Coastal wetland rehabilitation

Rehabilitating degraded wetlands to improve water quality, habitat and biodiversity within the wetland and downstream.

Construction sediment management

Construction sediment management

We are helping protect our waterways by providing accessible, best practice advice on erosion and sediment control for small scale building sites. 

Estuarine water quality monitoring

Estuarine water quality monitoring

Monitoring the water quality and health of estuaries to detect problems and see the benefits of improved management.

Fish friendly workshops for councils

Fish friendly workshops for councils

Delivering an education program to council staff about the protection of fish and fish habitat.

Improving roads and tracks

Improving roads and tracks

Reducing sediment runoff into waterways from gravel roads and tracks by works such as road sealing.

Landuse pressures on the marine estate

Landuse pressures on the marine estate

Working to better understand pollution from agriculture and stormwater to help protect our coastal waterways.

Mapping outflow events

Mapping outflow events

Mapping the flow of freshwater from rivers into the sea and measuring how much it impacts marine ecosystems. 

Marine litter campaign

Marine litter campaign

The Marine litter campaign supports both the NSW Litter Prevention Strategy, and the Marine Estate Management Strategy, extending the ‘Don’t be a Tosser!’ litter campaign message to include the marine estate.

Marine debris research and management program

Marine debris research and management program

Our scientists and collaborators are working on a strategic program to tackle the threats of marine debris in NSW.

Oyster reef restoration and research

Oyster reef restoration and research

Restoring and researching natural oyster reefs to improve water quality, aquatic habitat and biodiversity.

Review of the NSW Water Quality Objectives

Review of the NSW Water Quality Objectives

Updating the NSW Water Quality Objectives for NSW coastal catchments.

Risk-based framework for regional waterway health

Risk-based framework for regional waterway health

Support the establishment of a new governance framework for the Richmond River catchment to manage diffuse source runoff in a regional area.

Risk-based framework for urban waterway health

Risk-based framework for urban waterway health

Apply the Risk-based Framework in South Creek as an urban diffuse source water pollution pilot.

Water quality working group

Water quality working group

Working with other government agencies to improve the management of the marine estate’s water quality.

Riverbank vegetation improvements

Riverbank vegetation improvements

Rehabilitating degraded riverbank vegetation to reduce sediment and nutrient runoff into waterways, help stabilise riverbanks and improve biodiversity.

Riverbank stabilisation

Riverbank stabilisation

Protecting riverbanks from erosion to reduce the amount of sediment entering waterways.

Healthy coastal habitats (0)

Taking action to improve the management of foreshore and waterway structures to protect the marine environment.

Breakwater governance and management

Breakwater governance and management

Improving the management of breakwaters in estuaries by identifying responsible authorities for legacy breakwaters.

Coastal design guidelines review

Coastal design guidelines review

Improving the design of coastal cities and towns by promoting environmentally friendly planning and infrastructure.

Coastal floodplain drainage management

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 best practice 

Commercial dredging best practice 

Implement the outcomes of the audit commercial dredging in estuaries that identified and recommended actions to improve licencing conditions and related environmental outcomes.

Domestic waterfront structure strategies

Domestic waterfront structure strategies

Developing estuary-wide strategies for jetties, pontoons and boat ramps to streamline approvals while protecting aquatic habitat.

Estuary bank management strategies

Estuary bank management strategies

Developing environmentally friendly methods of bank stabilisation to manage foreshores and guide future investment.

Fish friendly breakwater maintenance

Fish friendly breakwater maintenance

Developing guidelines and plans to include features in new and existing estuary breakwaters that will improve biodiversity, fishing and other social values.

ICOLL management

ICOLL management

Developing an approval framework to support entrance management for intermittently closed and open lakes and lagoons (ICOLL).

Marine vegetation management strategies 

Marine vegetation management strategies 

Developing estuary-wide strategies for rehabilitating and protecting mangroves and saltmarsh so they are resilient to key threats.

Reconnecting fish habitats

Reconnecting fish habitats

Restoring fish passage at priority weir and road crossings so that fish can move, breed and thrive.

Reviewing jetty designs

Reviewing jetty designs

Reviewing jetty design to better protect seagrass.

Subtidal reef monitoring

Subtidal reef monitoring

Surveying the marine life of rocky reefs of the Greater Sydney area.

Threats to estuarine fish assemblages

Threats to estuarine fish assemblages

Assessing the impacts of marine infrastructure, stormwater drains and habitat condition on estuarine fish.

Threats to estuarine vegetation

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 citizen science

Climate change citizen science

Using citizen science data to map changes in fish and other marine species distribution due to climate change.

Climate change monitoring

Climate change monitoring

Scientists are using underwater cameras and diving surveys to check the health of more than 1,000km of NSW coastline.

Climate change research

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

Climate change threats to seagrass, mangrove and saltmarsh

Identifying estuaries where mangrove and saltmarsh are most vulnerable to sea level rise and developing a model to better manage these areas into the future.

Consistent regional climate modelling

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.

Informing the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy 

Informing the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy 

Identifying climate change risks to our marine and coastal environments and supporting managers and communities to find adaptation solutions.

Investigating a blue carbon demonstration site on primary production land

Investigating a blue carbon demonstration site on primary production land

This project aims to transform a 13-hectare peninsular adjacent to the Richmond River near Ballina, currently used for cattle grazing, into a blue carbon demonstration site. A boardwalk is planned to go through part of the site allowing members of the community to witness the progress of blue carbon ecosystem recovery at the site.

Estuarine habitat monitoring and threat assessment

Estuarine habitat monitoring and threat assessment

Mapping estuarine habitats such as seagrass, mangrove and saltmarsh over time to assess their condition and threats.

Developing and delivering blue carbon strategy

Developing and delivering blue carbon strategy

The NSW Blue Carbon Strategy is an initiative to support evidence-based projects and research to protect and conserve important blue carbon ecosystems.

Aboriginal cultural values (0)

Taking action to increase active participation of Aboriginal people in managing the marine estate.

Aboriginal engagement

Aboriginal engagement

Evaluate current arrangements of Aboriginal peoples’ participation in Sea Country management and establish an effective Aboriginal engagement framework.

Climate change on culture

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.

Cultural economic development

Cultural economic development

Working with Aboriginal communities to increase opportunities to work and develop businesses on Sea Country.

Cultural interpretations

Cultural interpretations

Work with Aboriginal communities to increase cultural interpretation in marine parks. This will include signage and artwork depicting the stories and cultures of Aboriginal peoples’ connections to Sea Country and will be developed with Aboriginal communities to increase public awareness of Aboriginal cultural values.

Cultural research and monitoring

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.

Cultural site protection

Cultural site protection

Undertake local cultural research activities with local Elders and communities, starting with Buckenbowra fish trap.

Pipi harvest

Pipi harvest

Implement Stage 2 of Safe and Sustainable Sea Country Harvest of Shellfish project enabling Aboriginal people to harvest pipis and consume them safely for cultural purposes.

Reviving culture

Reviving culture

Work with Aboriginal communities to maintain or revive cultural knowledge and practices of Sea Country.

Sea Country management

Sea Country management

Enhance opportunities for Aboriginal employment in NSW Government to manage Sea Country.

Sea Country plans

Sea Country plans

Develop Sea Country plans with Aboriginal communities.

Sea Country rangers

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

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.

Estuary General Fishery observer survey

Estuary General Fishery observer survey

Analysing data from the Estuary General Fishery to address threats to fish from bycatch and harvest.

Improve reporting of interactions with marine wildlife

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.

Observer survey prioritisation

Observer survey prioritisation

Updating the commercial fishing observer prioritisation to address threats to marine ecosystems.

Partnerships to protect marine wildlife

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

Planning to protect marine wildlife

Improving strategic planning and coordination of marine threatened and protected species programs across NSW.

Species habitat research

Species habitat research

Understand and reduce impacts of habitat modification on threatened and protected species (project to commence in future years).

Species monitoring

Species monitoring

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

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.

Aquaculture socio-economic research

Aquaculture socio-economic research

This project will undertake a socio-economic valuation of the aquaculture industry in the marine estate, filling key social and economic knowledge gaps.

Commercial Fisheries socio-economic research

Commercial Fisheries socio-economic research

This project will produce an annual time series of economic and social indicators for NSW commercial fisheries, filling key social and economic knowledge gaps.

Cultural fishing monitoring

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

Eat more NSW seafood

The Eat More NSW Seafood grants program provides seafood businesses with resources to help promote their produce and get more local seafood on plates in NSW.

Fisheries enhancements

Fisheries enhancements

Improve recreational fishing access by fish stocking and installing fishing infrastructure including artificial reefs.

Fishing industry marine stewardship

Fishing industry marine stewardship

Develop information and training package in partnership with key fishing sectors and assist in delivery.

Harvest strategy development

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

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.

Marine biosecurity awareness

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.

Oyster aquaculture business and environment

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

Recreational fishing environmental assessment

Limiting the environmental impacts of recreational fishing by completing an environmental impact assessment and a recreational fisheries strategy.

Safe & sustainable boating (0)

Taking action to provide boating access to our waterways that is safe and protects marine environments.

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Seeing the light – assessing coastal water quality from afar

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NSW coastal floodplains studies now available

Interested in finding out about NSW coastal floodplain areas? Then check out the recently released NSW Coastal Floodplain Prioritisation Study for your local area.

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New research to make boating “moor” seagrass safe

Transport for NSW is heading underwater in an exciting collaboration with the CSIRO to investigate, design and trial different types of environmentally friendly boat moorings to make sure they are safe and dependable, as well as able to protect seagrass and other marine habitats.

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