Our scientists carry out extensive research on the habitats, biodiversity and potential threats to estuaries. We collect, compare, analyse and evaluate data on these complex ecosystems, measuring and recording their physical characteristics and overall condition.
This allows us to monitor and report on the health of New South Wales estuaries through the NSW Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Program (MER). The program is outlined in the New South Wales Natural Resources: Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Strategy 2010–2015 which guides the monitoring, evaluation and reporting of all natural resources across NSW.
The information we collect helps us to manage estuaries effectively. We can also provide local councils with advice to help them make land-use planning decisions to better protect estuaries.