National Environmental Science Program (
Jul 2015 to Jun 2021

Theme A - Threatened and migratory speciesLeader: ,
Project A1 - Northern Australian hotspots for the recovery of threatened euryhaline species
Project A3 - A national assessment of the status of white sharks
Project A5 - Defining the connectivity of Australia’s hammerhead sharks
Project A6 - Prioritisation of research and management needs for Australian elasmobranch species
Project A7 - Monitoring population dynamics of ‘western’ right whales off southern Australia
Project A8 - Exploring the status of Western Australian sea snakes
Project A9 - Grey Nurse Shark population estimate: east coast
Project A10 - Conservation of handfish and their habitat
Project A11 - Shark action plan
Project A12 – Australia’s Northern Seascape: assessing status of threatened and migratory marine species
Project A13 - Estimation of population abundance and mixing of southern right whales in the Australian and New Zealand regions
Project A14 - Identification of near-shore habitats of juvenile white sharks in south-western Australia
Project A15 - Conservation status of tropical inshore dolphins
Theme B - Supporting management decision making (2015-2017)Leader:
Project B1 - Road testing decision support tools via case study applications
Project B2 - Analysis and elicitation to support State of the Environment reporting for the full spectrum of data availability
Project B3 - A pilot service for searching, aggregating and filtering collections of linked open marine data
Project B4 - Underpinning repair and conservation of Australia's threatened coastal-marine habitats
Theme C - Understanding pressures on the marine environment (2015-2017)Leader:
Project C1 - Improving our understanding of pressures on the marine environment
Project C2 - Continental-scale tracking of threats to shallow Australian reef ecosystems
Project C3 - Change detection and monitoring key marine and coastal environments: applying the Australian Geoscience Data Cube
Project C4 - National Outfall Database
Project C5 - Quantification of risk from shipping to large marine fauna across Australia
Theme D - Biophysical, economic and social assessmentsLeader: ,
Project D1 – National data collation, synthesis and visualisation to support sustainable use, management and monitoring of marine assets
Project D2 - Standard operating procedures for survey design, condition assessment and trend detection
Project D3 - Implementing monitoring of AMPs and the status of marine biodiversity assets on the continental shelf
Project D4 - Expanding our spatial knowledge of marine biodiversity to support future best-practice reviews
Project D5 - A standardised national assessment of the state of coral and rocky reef biodiversity
Project D6 – Socioeconomic benchmarks
Project D7 – Supporting the Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement System for Australian Marine Parks
Project D8 – Canyon mapping and biodiversity in Gascoyne Marine Park
Theme E - Science for a sustainable AustraliaLeader:
Project E1 - Guidelines for analysis of cumulative impacts and risks to the Great Barrier Reef
Project E2 - Characterising anthropogenic underwater noise to better understand and manage impacts to marine life
Project E3 – Microplastics in the Australian marine environment
Project E4 - Recreational fishing in commonwealth waters
Project E5 - The role of restoration in conserving matters of national environmental significance
Project E6 – Assisting the restoration of seagrasses at Shark Bay
Project E7 – Assessing the feasibility of restoring giant kelp beds in eastern Tasmania
Theme EP - Responding to emerging prioritiesLeader:
EP1 - Assessing the effectiveness of waste management in reducing the levels of plastics entering Australia’s marine environment
EP2 - Surveying marine life in the canyons off Bremer Bay
Theme SS - Synthesis studiesLeader:
Project SS2 – Interpreting pressure profiles
Project SS3 – National trends in coral species following heatwaves

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