What’s Being Done
Vulnerabilities and Management Responses
There are a number of activities being undertaken at State and local level to reduce the vulnerability of our marine and coastal resources now and into the future. These are outlined below.
The Aquatic Biosecurity Charter has been established to promote the protection of Western Australia’s oceans and rivers from aquatic pest species. The charter is aimed at all members of the community from industry and community interest groups to individuals. Anyone with an interest in protecting marine and freshwater ecosystems can sign up and agree “to work with the Department of Fisheries, Western Australia, to protect the State’s aquatic environment from pests and diseases”.
NACC, as a non-statutory organisation, provides support for both LGAs and coastal communities to conduct effective Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Planning (CHRMAP) in the following ways:
- advise on funding sources for CHRMAP activities and support applications, including membership on project steering committees;
- advocate best-practise CHRMAP processes that include protection of natural resources and cultural heritage values;
- ensure that best available information on coastal hazards is incorporated into all coastal planning activities;
- support all community engagement activities associated with CHRMAP.
To help local governments, NRM and community groups tackle coastal issues, the Department of Planning (DoP) provides assistance through the Coastal Management Plan Assistance Program and Coastwest Program, while the Department of Transport funds the Climate Adaptation and Protection grants program.
Various coastal management practitioners, particularly local/state government agencies, NACC and community groups, either undertake directly or provide funding for coastal projects aimed at improving coastal environments.
There is good information on the environmental impact of ﬁsheries operating in the vicinity of the Abrolhos, and considerable information exists for the Western Rock Lobster Fishery. There are a number of research programs Including monitoring of the health of coral communities at the Abrolhos Islands. This program, which utilises permanent transects located at each of the island groups collected important baseline information on coral communities, allowing researchers to quantify whether lobster fishing with pots results in damage to sensitive coral habitats, and to determine the vulnerability of coral communities at the Abrolhos to climate change. Surveys of the community structure of finfish are also underway within and outside of non-fishing areas (Fletcher and Santoro, 2012).
The full list of Fisheries publications can be viewed on their website.
The Batavia Coast Strategy (BCCMG, 2001) provides detailed information on coastal attributes, coastal access and land ownership for an area which includes the Greater Geraldton coast. However, this information is now out-dated and does not reflect the extent of coastal development or land use pressure.