Threat abatement plan
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, May 2009
- Background paper for the threat abatement plan for the impacts of marine debris on vertbrate marine life (PDF - 1.71 MB) | (RTF - 558 KB)
- Threat abatement plan for the impacts of marine debris on vertbrate marine life (PDF - 1.56 MB) | (RTF - 370 KB)
About the plan
In August 2003, 'Injury and fatality to vertebrate marine life caused by ingestion of, or entanglement in, harmful marine debris' was listed as a key threatening process under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
The Threat Abatement Plan (TAP) for the impacts of marine debris on vertebrate marine life aims to provide a coordinated national approach to the implementation of measures to prevent and mitigate the impacts of harmful marine debris on vertebrate marine life.
Detailed information supporting this TAP is provided in the Background Paper, which describes in more detail the key threatening process and its management via prevention, removal and mitigation.
- Key threatening process - Injury and fatality to vertebrate marine life caused by ingestion of, or entanglement in, harmful marine debris
- Impacts of plastic debris on Australian marine wildlife - June 2009
- Research on the impact of marine debris on marine turtle survival and behaviour: North east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia - April 2009
- Pilot investigation of the origins and pathways of marine debris found in the northern Australian marine environment - July 2008
- Key threatening processes information sheet - Harmful marine debris - 2003
- Finding solutions: Derelict fishing gear and other marine debris in Northern Australia - 2003