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Changes to management of the NSW marine estate

In 2011-2012, an independent scientific audit of marine parks in NSW was conducted for the NSW government. The audit panel released a report that thoroughly examined the science behind marine protection in NSW and made recommendations for the future management of the NSW marine estate.

  • Download the 2012 marine park audit report (1.5MB PDF)
  • For current information about the NSW government’s response to this report, visit www.marine.nsw.gov.au
  • NPA, along with the Nature Conservation Council of NSW and the Australian Marine Conservation Society, submitted a joint response to the Audit report in June 2012. Download 2012 submission (320KB PDF).
  • NPA, the Nature Conservation Council of NSW and the Australian Marine Conservation Society also made a joint submission during the audit process. Download 2011 submission (1.2MB PDF).

NPA supports many of the findings and recommendations of the audit panel. The audit found that there was strong evidence that marine parks and sanctuary zones are effective conservation tools. It also recommended a range of measures to improve community consultation and the integration of socio-economic and scientific data into the planning of marine parks.

We believe that the NSW government should heed these findings and continue to expand the network of marine protected areas in NSW, using rigorous ecological, social and economic research, along with improved community consultation, to choose the best locations and zoning arrangements.