Why is this project important?
Intermittently Closed and Opening Lakes and Lagoons (ICOLLs) is a term applied to estuaries where the entrance to the ocean can open and close intermittently due to the formation and breakdown of an entrance sand barrier.
There are more than 160 ICOLLS along the NSW coastline.
Approximately 50% of ICOLL’s in NSW are manually opened to allow waters trapped behind the barrier to be released.
There is increasing attention being given to the way ICOLLs are managed, the values of ICOLLs, and the implications of artificial management on those values.
There is recognition that entrance manipulation can cause a range of unintended negative impacts and costs, which must be weighed against the real and perceived benefits of intervention.
What are we doing?
The project aims to improve the collective understanding of how ICOLL entrance interventions, approvals, conditions and compliance are managed across NSW.
The project will assess past decisions and activities and develop a streamlined and consistent interagency (Crown Lands, EHG, Fisheries and Planning) approval and licencing pathway for both the preparation of Entrance Management Plans and one-off opening events.
What have we achieved so far?
- 114 systems have been assessed up and down the NSW coast with detailed audits completed on 47 systems.
- A report into the findings from the audit is in preparation. The report outcomes will inform the future directions of the project.
Quote from project lead
“The information gathered through the audit process is providing an excellent understanding of the different ways in which systems are currently being managed and informing future guidance.”
Local government areas - Statewide
Department of Primary Industries – Fisheries
DPE Crown Lands, DPE Environment and Heritage Group, DPE Planning, and Coastal Councils.