Improve reporting of interactions with marine wildlife

Peoples hands holding the flipper of a dugong which is lying on a mesh mat.

A rescued dugong receiving veterinary care. Photo by: Shona Lorigan.


NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) works closely with many groups across the state to help threatened and protected marine wildlife.

NPWS uses an online reporting system called Elements to record and monitor marine animal incidents, including when they are found injured. Elements allows NPWS staff to keep an updated record of:

  • the species of marine animal
  • where the animal was found
  • what was wrong with the animal
  • what group is helping the animal
  • what progress has been made in the animal’s health.

This action is focused on expanding Elements. The work will allow groups that help NPWS with sick and injured animals to have access to statewide information and reduce the current reporting burdens. This will free up more time to work with wildlife.

Latest news

4 June 2020 - Trial of shared marine wildlife reporting system underway - NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is leading a trial to see how its online reporting system, known as Elements, can be used to improve coordination during marine wildlife rescues.



Lead agency

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


  • Australian Seabird Rescue
  • Dolphin Marine Conservation Park
  • Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia (ORRCA)
  • SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
  • Sea World
  • Taronga Zoo


Biodiversity and Wildlife Unit
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Page last updated/reviewed: 03 Aug 2020