National Environmental Science Program (
Jul 2015 to Jun 2021

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 CK-MR 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
Supporting management decision makingLeader:
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 - Enhancing access to relevant marine information: a pilot service for searching, aggregating and filtering collections of linked open marine data
Project B4 - Underpinning the repair and conservation of Australia's threatened coastal-marine habitats
Understanding pressures on the marine environmentLeader:
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 of key marine and coastal environments – application of the Australian Geoscience Data Cube
Project C4 - National Outfall Database
Project C5 - Quantification of risk from shipping to large marine fauna across Australia
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, social and economic values,
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 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
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

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