Marine bioregional plan for the North-west Marine Region

Prepared under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Marine bioregional plan

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The North-west Marine Bioregional Plan has been prepared under section 176 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The plan aims to strengthen the operation of the EPBC Act in the Commonwealth marine area of the North-west Marine Region to help ensure that the marine environment of the region remains healthy and resilient.

The bioregional plan describes the marine environment and conservation values (protected species, protected places and key ecological features) of the North-west Marine Region, sets out broad objectives for its biodiversity, identifies regional priorities, and outlines strategies and actions to achieve these.

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Schedule 1 - Pressure analysis presents a full description of the pressures on the conservation values of the region that have been assessed as being of concern or of potential concern.

Schedule 2 - Regional advice on matters of national environmental significance will assist people who plan to undertake activities in, or potentially impacting on, the Commonwealth marine environment to better understand and meet their obligations under the EPBC Act. It will also assist in deciding whether a proposed action should be referred to the minister for assessment, and identify any information that is likely to be important as part of the referral.