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Turning the tide on marine management

The Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, and Minister for the Environment, Mark Speakman, have launched an interactive web portal to allow the community to have their say into the Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion Assessment, covering the area from Newcastle to Shellharbour. The assessment will develop options to enhance marine biodiversity conservation in the Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion.

The Marine Estate Management Authority, of which Transport for NSW is a member agency, is seeking input from the public regarding sites within the bioregion, the benefits they gain from their use of these sites, and what they see as key threats and ideas on how to manage those threats.

Eleven sites in the Hawkesbury marine bioregion have already been identified for priority assessment and the community is invited to nominate additional sites via the web portal. The web portal will be open until 28 August 2015.

The ministers have also released threat and risk assessment guidelines to underpin the NSW Government’s approach to the management of the NSW marine estate. The guidelines will inform the threat and risk assessment that will be undertaken for the Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion Assessment as well as that for the state wide Marine Estate Management Strategy.

More information is availble on the NSW Marine Estate website: