Understanding the pressures on the marine environment and their change over time is an important part of developing and prioritising management actions.

In the past, however, pressure data have not been collated, nor provided in formats that made them easy to compare. In addition, commercially sensitive data have often not been available for general display. This project mapped environmental pressures in Commonwealth waters (such as fishing, shipping, seismic surveys and oil and gas infrastructure) on a national scale and identified the associated risks and impacts in relation to marine biodiversity. The resulting capacity to assess the impacts of human activities on the marine environment will help the Department of the Environment to assess cumulative and relative impact and risk, and support the implementation of marine bioregional plans.

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