Coastal, Marine & Fisheries Management

EDO NSW has produced a number of resources on coastal, marine and fisheries management

EDO NSW undertakes law reform work relevant to coastal, marine and fisheries management. Read our submissions below.

EDO NSW represents individuals and community groups in public interest litigation to protect the environment. Read about our past cases on coastal, marine and fisheries management.

Our Fact Sheets on this topic include coastal protection.

See current opportunities for law reform in this area at Have Your Say about coastal, marine and fisheries management.

submissions

EDOs of Australia submission on the Productivity Commission Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture Inquiry: Draft Report

October 2016 – Download PDF

EDOs of Australia broadly supports the draft recommendations for wild caught fisheries and aquaculture. Our comments relevant to the regulation of fishing in Commonwealth marine reserves are set out in our Submission on Marine Reserves Review (March 2015), and detailed commentary regarding aquaculture is provided in EDO Tasmania’s submission on the Issues Paper for this Inquiry.

Our latest submission makes further comment on access to fisheries resources, customary fishing, recreational fishing, managing the environmental impacts of fisheries, aquaculture, downstream processes, and other areas for improvements.

EDOs of Australia submission to the inquiry into the impacts of climate change on marine fisheries and biodiversity

November 2016 - Download PDF

Our submission focusses on the adequacy of current and proposed marine biodiversity protections,with particular reference to the regulatory framework for managing the impacts of climate change on marine fisheries and biodiversity. Our comments and recommendations are set out in three key sections: background context; assessing climate change readiness; and legislative frameworks for marine biodiversity.

EDOs of Australia have made two key submissions on the Federal Government's review of marine reserves.

Submission on the reports of the independent Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review

October 2016 - Download PDF

Building on our previous submissions, this submission comments on the planning and zoning proposals, policy implementation and specific impacts (climate change and mining), and makes brief comments on specific bioregions.

 

Submission to Marine Reserves Review

March 2015 - Download PDF

This submission addresses:
1. International obligations and guidelines
2. Commonwealth legislation and policy
3. ESD and the precautionary principle
4. Climate change and resilience
5. Impacts of mining
6. Specific planning recommendations (Coral Sea Network, Temperate East Network, and North Network)

Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion Assessment Suggested Management Initiatives Discussion Paper - EDO NSW submission

May 2016 – Download PDF

Our submission addresses the Threat and Risk Assessment (TARA) process, the relationship with current legislative processes, and each of the eight suggested management initiatives outlined in the discussion paper.

We argue that the highest priority management initiative for Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion should be the implementation of a large-scale, multi-use marine park that provides comprehensive, adequate and representative protection of the marine estate. Such a marine park would address a large number of high and moderate risks and threats, and is the suggested management initiative that is most consistent with the object of the Marine Estate Management Act 2014.

Submission responding to the NSW Coastal Management Reforms

February 2016 - Download PDF

Our submission, EDO NSW identifies seven Key Actions that are necessary to conserve sensitive coastal environments, build resilience to the impacts of climate change and ensure that all development in the coastal zone is consistent with the principles of ecologically sustainable development. These Actions are:

  1. A catchment-based approach to coastal management, supported by appropriate mapping 
  2. An emphasis on strategic planning and proper assessment of cumulative impacts 
  3. The creation of ‘red flag areas’ to protect sensitive coastal environments 
  4. The acquisition of sensitive coastal areas by the NSW Government 
  5. Development controls that are in all instances consistent with ESD 
  6. A new approach to managing sea level rise in NSW 
  7. Appropriate resourcing to facilitate compliance and enforcement

EDOs of Australia submission on the threat of marine plastic pollution in Australia and Australian waters

9 October 2015 - Download PDF

In this submission EDOs of Australia calls for:

  • additional regulatory measures to reduce key sources of marine plastic pollution, based on best available evidence (e.g. further implementation of container deposit schemes and extending bans on single-use plastic bags);
  • better resourcing and implementation for pollution offences and infrastructure (internalising pollution costs through a polluter pays approach);
  • timely cooperation between state and federal governments, raising standards to a ‘highest common denominator’ approach to reducing plastic pollution (without delaying effective state efforts like the schemes mentioned above); and
  • reviewing the adequacy of oversight of fishing gear and garbage disposal at sea, and considering Australia’s capacity-building role on marine plastic pollution in the Asia-Pacific region.

Submission on Fisheries Management Amendment Bill 2015

3 July 2015 - Download PDF

Senate Inquiry into the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bilateral Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014 and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Cost Recovery) Bill 2014

June 2014 - Download PDF

Submission on draft planning circular: Coastal hazard notations on s 149 planning certificates.

3 March 2014 - Download PDF

ANEDO submission on streamlining of environmental approvals for offshore petroleum

December 2013 - Download PDF

Submission on Marine Parks Audit Report

30 June 2012 - Download PDF

ANEDO Submission on the Coral Sea Commonwealth marine reserve proposal

27 February 2012 - Download PDF

ANEDO Submission on the Commonwealth marine reserves network proposal and draft Marine Bioregional Plan for the Temperate East Marine Region

21 Feb 2012 - Download PDF

Submission to Independent Scientific Audit of Marine Parks in NSW

7 October 2011 - Download PDF

Submission on Grey Nurse Shark protection and recovery in NSW

26 August 2011 - Download PDF

Statutory Review of the Fisheries Management Act 1994 

12 November 2010 - Download PDF

briefing notes
discussion papers

Global Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef: Australia's obligations under the World Heritage Convention

September 2004 - Download PDF