Marine pollution

Pelicans covered in oil

Under the NSW State Emergency Management Plan and State Waters Marine Oil and Chemical Spill Sub-Plan, NSW DPI is responsible for coordinating agriculture and animal services, including oiled wildlife response and recovery, to support the oil/chemical spill lead agency.

The lead agency and area of responsibility varies with the body of water.

NSW DPI has Memorandums of Understanding with a range of organisations that have agreed to provide agriculture and/or animal services resources to assist in emergency responses under the coordination of NSW DPI.


Current situation for Marine pollution


Further information to assist in the protection of seabirds and threatened fauna:

Key contacts

Reporting emergenciesTelephone
Maritime emergency 24 hour hotline

1800 641 792

Report any marine oil or chemical spill to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. The relevant agencies will then be notified.

The ASMA enhances efficiency in the delivery of safety and other services to the Australian maritime industry including provision of safety and environment protection services.

Additional information
Emergency NSW

02 9212 9200

Emergency NSW provides information about preparing for, dealing with and recovering from an emergency situation.