Reporting progress

Progress on implementation of the Marine Estate Management Strategy is published:

  • every three months in a quarterly snapshot
  • at the end of each year in an annual report.

Copies of past reports are available below.

In addition, the Marine Integrated Monitoring Program is assessing the effectiveness of the Strategy in reducing priority threats and risks to the NSW marine estate.

A ten-year strategy

The Strategy is now in the third year of implementation.

Quarterly highlights

1 April to 30 June 2020

Marine vegetation management strategiesRefined an approach to display estuarine vegetation, combining future inundation areas, historic distribution and constraints into a management tool for natural resource managers. This enables a more holistic approach to estuarine vegetation management for large areas and can inform the prioritisation of areas for protection or ongoing use.
Monitoring priority environmental assets at risk from climate changeResearchers have identified three important biological indicators that will act as early warning signs of climate-driven changes to NSW’s marine environment. These are the size and spread of kelp and coral habitats; diversity of fish populations; and distribution of sea urchins.
Estuary water quality monitoringCommenced collaborative monitoring of bushfire impacts with Councils and provided ongoing advice.
Improve reporting of interactions with marine wildlife – data and reportingThe NPWS online wildlife reporting system, Elements, has been expanded to allow groups that help look after injured marine wildlife to record their data. Dolphin Marine Conservation Park are the first to use the system real-time, to report wildlife being rescued and in care.
Commercial fishing observer programExtensive monitoring and sampling continued in quarter four with over 80 observed days at sea. Better understanding of interactions with non-target species, particularly threatened and protected species, is a high priority. Commercial fishers are testing and implementing new methods that could reduce whale and seabird interactions. Research to date has found that it is extremely rare for threatened and protected birds to be harmed by commercial trawl fishing operations in NSW.

Page last updated/reviewed: 18 Sep 2020