The Marine Ecosystems Unit delivers scientific information to enable biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of the NSW Marine Estate – including the Marine, Estuarine and Coastal systems.
Marine and Coastal environments are hugely valued by all Australians but are facing increasing human pressures. The Marine Ecosystem Unit responds to these values and challenges by researching environmental condition, monitoring threats and pressures and filling knowledge gaps to inform the management of our Marine, Estuarine and Coastal Environments.
Our objectives are to:
We undertake research to support the NSW Government to ‘conserve, develop and share the fisheries resources of the State for the benefit of present and future generations’ including the need to protect Marine, Estuarine and Coastal habitats (Fisheries Management Act 1994).
Marine Ecosystems also undertakes key research to ‘protect and enhance our waterways, coastline and estuaries’ in support of the Marine Estate Management Strategy 2018-2028 (https://www.marine.nsw.gov.au/marine-estate-programs/marine-estate-management-strategy) and in collaboration delivers the Marine Integrated Monitoring Program and Threat and Risk Assessment consistent with the Marine Estate Management Act 2014.
The Marine Ecosystems Unit has three core research themes: 1) Habitat and ecosystems, 2) Climate change and 3) Threatened and protected species.
Our enabling activities include:
Our research programs inform current and future policy, planning, rapid operational decision-making and restoration.