Estuaries are complex and interconnected ecosystems. Our scientists conduct research on estuarine water quality, habitats, biodiversity, and threats, to better understand and protect these important waterways for the people of New South Wales.
We collect a range of data to assess the structure, function, composition and condition of estuaries.
This data helps guide decision-making to manage estuaries effectively. For example, we use this data to provide local councils with advice to help them make land-use planning decisions to better protect estuaries.
Foundational work to establish a statewide estuaries monitoring program was completed for the NSW Monitoring Reporting and Evaluation Program. Outputs of the monitoring program allow us to track the condition of estuaries over time by comparing observed data to a range of guideline values specific to NSW estuaries. This monitoring work is now continued through the Marine Estate Management Strategy.