Coasts and Marine


SWCC’s overall objective is:

To contribute substantially to the conservation and management of targeted coastal and marine ecosystems in the South West NRM region so they remain healthy and productive, and are effectively co-managed.

The following Overall Outcome Indicators were developed to test whether or not this objective has been achieved:

  • Maintain and/or improve the condition of at least 15% of the coastal and inshore marine habitat within the region in the period to 2020.
  • Maintain and/or improve public awareness about coastal and inshore marine habitat condition and the status of marine fauna and flora within the region in the period to 2020.
  • Stocks of monitored species within the region do not decline in the period to 2020.

In order to achieve the objective, SWCC and its partners will work towards achieving the following management outcome:

  • The health and productivity of targeted coastal and marine ecosystems in the South West NRM region is maintained and/or improved to ensure their long-term viability in terms of both their productive and ecological functions in collaboration with an involved, informed and supported NRM Community that includes community members, Indigenous groups and government agencies by ensuring that all targeted coastal ecosystems in the SW are managed according to the best integrated coastal zone management (ICM) practises available, specifically with regard to maintaining and/or improving coastal, estuarine and marine ecosystems and managing and/or reducing the impact of key threats.

A range of indicators have been developed to test whether or not these management outcomes have been achieved. These are presented in the Project Planning Matrices (PPMs) which can be found here.

Priority sites for management action

Previously identified coastal and marine environment resources have been expanded on and combined with those identified by the State NRM Office to develop a priority list for the South West NRM region. These have been reviewed by technical specialists and, for the purposes of SWCC’s strategy, the following coastal and marine resources are identified as being the priority sites and species that are subject to manageable high and/or low threat levels.

If you think there are sites that should be included as priorities below, or that there are reasons for any of the sites below not to be included, we would love to hear your feedback. You can comment on each of the project pages by clicking on the thumbnail pictures below or provide general feedback here.

The working group also identified the key threats to these sites, which were confirmed through the community consultation process in 2011 (Christensen & MacMahon 2012) and again in 2014 (Thinkscape 2014). The most appropriate management actions to deal with these threats were also delineated (Christensen & MacMahon 2012). These are described in a state and transition model for the coastal and marine environment theme area, found here.


Image by Tim Swallow.