The Marine Debris Threat and Risk Assessment has been a collaborative effort involving our scientists, academic researchers and a marine debris working group of experts in the field.
This work has:
- identified marine debris items that pose the greatest threats to our marine wildlife and social or community values of our marine estate
- identified which animal groups and social values are at the highest risk of harm from marine debris
- prioritised debris items to help focus actions to reduce the main impacts caused by marine debris
- recommended the findings be well-communicated to stakeholders, be used in government decision making, and underlie any future strategic research and management planning
- led to a summary report, which includes an overview of the assessment and its key findings, plus 2 supplementary background documents.
The research was conducted as part of the water quality initiative in the Marine Estate Management Strategy.