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Statewide Programs

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

Increasing awareness of the risk-based framework through guidance forums and online portal.

Diffuse source water pollution strategy

Diffuse source water pollution strategy

Improving management of water pollution from diffuse sources in NSW.

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.

Landuse pressures on the marine estate

Landuse pressures on the marine estate

Monitoring the condition of gauged streams using water quality and biological indicators for different landuses.

Mapping outflow events

Mapping outflow events

Mapping subtidal habitats and monitoring coastal outflow events to quantify impacts on coastal and marine waters

Marina pollution monitoring

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

Marine litter campaign

Extending the ‘Don’t be a Tosser’ litter campaign to include the marine estate.

Marine debris working group

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

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

Review of the NSW Water Quality Objectives

Reviewing the NSW Water Quality Objectives so they support current community values.

Water quality working group

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.

Threatened & protected species (0)

Taking action to protect threatened and protected marine wildlife from harm.

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

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

Building marketing and promotion capability in seafood businesses through small-scale and large-scale grants.

Fisheries enhancements

Fisheries enhancements

Improve fishing access by fish stocking and artificial reef installation at key places and planning fishing platforms.

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 aquaculture

Marine aquaculture

Utilise the Marine Waters Aquaculture Strategy to identify and establish new marine aquaculture ventures in NSW.

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.

Marine estate benefits

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

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).

Reconnecting fish habitats

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.

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.

Recreational fishing values

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)

Socio-ecological research

Socio-ecological research

Identifying the priorities for socio-ecological research to support the Marine Estate Management Strategy.

Wild catch fish stocks

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.

Boating Now

Boating Now

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

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

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

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

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.

Mooring access

Mooring access

Optimising mooring density in mooring fields to better meet demand.

Mooring audits

Mooring audits

Improve the strategy for audit of moorings and enforcement of mooring licence conditions.

Mooring strategy

Mooring strategy

Review and modernise the strategy for mooring management and administration to improve access to moorings.

Recreational boater education

Recreational boater education

Continuing to educate recreational boaters about compliance with environmental regulations.

Vessel environmental standards

Vessel environmental standards

Continue to enforce environmental standards and regulations among domestic commercial vessels and recreational vessels.

Vessel monitoring

Vessel monitoring

Analysing data in shipping movements and interactions with threatened and protected species to identify knowledge gaps.

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.