Protect and conserve marine wildlife

Two women sit on a vegetated coastal sand dune watching another woman with her arm inside a hole in the sand.

Gina Hart from National Parks and Wildlife Service, Tani Karaka of Dolphin Marine Conservation Park and Holly West of NSW TurtleWatch undertake a nest excavation at Diggers Camp. Photo supplied by: NSW TurtleWatch.


Marine wildlife face threats from climate change, pollution, habitat loss and disturbance. This project brings groups together to manage these threats.

The project is working with:

  • Aboriginal communities to include traditional practices
  • marine wildlife rescue organisations to share resources and skills
  • veterinarians to increase skills for responding to injured marine wildlife
  • volunteers to protect marine animals from threats
  • commercial fishers to test new equipment that reduces the chance of interactions with whales.



Lead agency

National Parks and Wildlife Service - Environment, Energy and Science (EES)


  • Australian Seabird Rescue
  • Dolphin Marine Conservation Park
  • DPI Fisheries
  • Local Governments
  • NSW Environment Protection Authority
  • Ocean Watch
  • Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia
  • Professional Fishers Association
  • Saving our Species
  • SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
  • Sea World
  • TAFE
  • Taronga Zoo
  • Transport for NSW

More information

Saving our shorebirds with Steve Starling


Biodiversity and Wildlife Unit


Page last updated/reviewed: 29 Sep 2020