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National Environmental Science Program

Nationally consistent and cost-effective tools and approaches are being developed to survey, monitor and understand impacts and risks in the marine environment. These will enhance the capacity of researchers and industry (oil and gas, fisheries) to collect information that supports decision-making.

Federal and state agencies involved in biodiversity management will help to identify and develop elements of a national marine monitoring strategy (logistics, statistics and data infrastructure). Opportunities will be identified for improving co-management of the marine estate for conservation, fishing, oil and gas and other marine users.

Analysis methods and software will be assessed to support standard operating procedures for survey design, condition-assessment and trend detection. An improved data-driven approach will identify processes that structure marine biodiversity and contribute to the revision of marine bioregionalisation.

Baseline information will be gathered to identify the conservation value of matters of national environmental significance - including Key Ecological Features (KEFs) and Commonwealth Marine Reserves - and improve public understanding of their value and potential vulnerability. Priorities will include shelf reef systems, and previously unsampled deep-sea regions of the east coast CMR network.

Scoping studies will synthesize existing information for monitoring and management of KEFs and CMRs in the North and North-west regions.

Parrotfish school over typical reef habitat in depths of 10─20m at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands. Image: Reef Life Survey.