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Hawkesbury shelf marine bioregion assessment

The Marine Estate Management Authority is undertaking an assessment to develop options to enhance marine biodiversity conservation in the Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion while achieving balanced community outcomes, including opportunities for a wide range of recreational and commercial uses.

The Marine Estate Management Authority has developed eight suggested management initiatives to enhance marine biodiversity conservation and help reduce priority threats to:

  • The environmental assets of the bioregion – the estuaries and marine waters, marine animals and plants and their habitats.
  • The social and economic values and uses that the NSW community derive from the bioregion – for example going to the beach, diving, fishing and shipping.
The discussion paper outlines the process, the information that was considered and details the suggested management initiatives.

You can find the Discussion Paper, and relevant background reports here http://www.marine.nsw.gov.au/key-initiatives/hawkesbury-shelf-marine-assessment.

The priority threats are outlined in the discussion paper, and in more detail in the threat and risk assessment report.

We welcome your feedback to finalise the management initiatives. The information you provide will help inform recommendations to Government.

This consultation has concluded now.

The initiatives were:

1. Improving water quality and reducing marine litter
2. On-ground works and measures for healthy coastal habitats and wildlife safety
3. Marine research to fill knowledge gaps about priority threats
4. Spatial management for biodiversity conservation and use sharing
5. Improving boating infrastructure
6. Reducing marine estate user conflicts in Pittwater
7. Improving accessibility
8. Land use planning for coasts and waterways


General feedback

For feedback regarding the Assessment as a whole, use the submission form at the bottom of this page, for example:

  • If you have any additional or alternative suggested initiatives that would address the priority threats
  • If you have any comments on the process or the Assessment as a whole
  • If you wish to provide new evidence (environmental, social or economic) in relation to threats and risks. ‘New evidence’ may include scientific research or reports, unpublished data/research or supporting background reports.

Your feedback will count as formal submissions and will help to inform the final management initiatives recommended for the bioregion.

Enquiries

Any enquiries regarding the Assessment can be emailed to: contact.us@marine.nsw.gov.au

If someone you know doesn’t have access to a computer, they can obtain submission forms at any Fisheries NSW office and post their response to the above address.


The Marine Estate Management Authority is undertaking an assessment to develop options to enhance marine biodiversity conservation in the Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion while achieving balanced community outcomes, including opportunities for a wide range of recreational and commercial uses.

The Marine Estate Management Authority has developed eight suggested management initiatives to enhance marine biodiversity conservation and help reduce priority threats to:

  • The environmental assets of the bioregion – the estuaries and marine waters, marine animals and plants and their habitats.
  • The social and economic values and uses that the NSW community derive from the bioregion – for example going to the beach, diving, fishing and shipping.
The discussion paper outlines the process, the information that was considered and details the suggested management initiatives.

You can find the Discussion Paper, and relevant background reports here http://www.marine.nsw.gov.au/key-initiatives/hawkesbury-shelf-marine-assessment.

The priority threats are outlined in the discussion paper, and in more detail in the threat and risk assessment report.

We welcome your feedback to finalise the management initiatives. The information you provide will help inform recommendations to Government.

This consultation has concluded now.

The initiatives were:

1. Improving water quality and reducing marine litter
2. On-ground works and measures for healthy coastal habitats and wildlife safety
3. Marine research to fill knowledge gaps about priority threats
4. Spatial management for biodiversity conservation and use sharing
5. Improving boating infrastructure
6. Reducing marine estate user conflicts in Pittwater
7. Improving accessibility
8. Land use planning for coasts and waterways


General feedback

For feedback regarding the Assessment as a whole, use the submission form at the bottom of this page, for example:

  • If you have any additional or alternative suggested initiatives that would address the priority threats
  • If you have any comments on the process or the Assessment as a whole
  • If you wish to provide new evidence (environmental, social or economic) in relation to threats and risks. ‘New evidence’ may include scientific research or reports, unpublished data/research or supporting background reports.

Your feedback will count as formal submissions and will help to inform the final management initiatives recommended for the bioregion.

Enquiries

Any enquiries regarding the Assessment can be emailed to: contact.us@marine.nsw.gov.au

If someone you know doesn’t have access to a computer, they can obtain submission forms at any Fisheries NSW office and post their response to the above address.


1. Improving water quality and reducing marine litter

To reduce water pollution from catchments and litter entering the bioregion

  • Develop outcome based bioregion management assessment and targets for water quality.
  • Develop management targets for water quality based on likelihood and magnitude of ecological effects.
  • Develop bioregion management targets for water quality based on the likelihood and magnitude of ecological effects.
  • Prioritising and implementing works and extension programs to address catchment runoff
  • Expand the recreational fishing and boating environmental education strategy.
  • Expand the ‘Hey Tosser!’ program, including targeted grants for the installation of trash racks on stormwater infrastructure, and establishing a Tangler bin program.
  • Implement mechanisms to reduce sources of water pollution 

CLOSED: This survey has concluded.