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National Environmental Science Programme: Marine Biodiversity Hub
by Department of the Environment and Energy (Government)
The Australian Governments National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) is a long-term commitment to environment and climate research, delivered through six research Hubs that are being provided with funding of $142.5 million from 2015 to 2021.

The Marine Biodiversity Hub will research Australian oceans and marine environments, including temperate coastal water quality and marine species, with funding of $23.88 million through the University of Tasmania and its partners.

The hub will make a significant contribution to research on planning and monitoring for Australias oceans and marine environments. This research will be of great value to decision-makers involved in national approaches to managing coastal and marine species and ecosystems, and temperate coastal water quality. Research focuses on five themes: Improving the management of threatened and migratory species; supporting management decision making; understanding pressures on the marine environment; understanding pressures on the marine environment; understanding biophysical, economic and social aspects of the marine environment; and, emerging priorities projects
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
December 2017
Project B4 Underpinning the repair and conservation of Australias threatened coastal habitats phase 2
December 2018
Project D1 National data collation, synthesis and visualisation to support sustainable use, management and monitoring of marine assets
December 2018
Project D3 - Preparing for and implementing monitoring of Commonwealth Marine Reserves (CMRs) and the status of marine biodiversity assets on the continental shelf
June 2017
A NESP emerging priority (EP) project Assessing the effectiveness of waste management in reducing the levels of plastics entering Australias marine environment'
Financing (in USD)
47,760,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Scientific research and communication of research
Basic information
Time-frame: 2015 January - 2021 December
Australian Department of the Environment and Energy (Government), Australian Institute of Marine Science (Government research agency), University of Tasmania (Lead Academic institution), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO Government Research agency), Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS Research infrastructure facility), Charles Darwin University (Academic institution), Geoscience Australia (Government research agency), Museums Victoria (Scientific and cultural institution), New South Wales (NSW) Department of Primary Industries (State Government), NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (State Government), University of Western Australia (Academic institution).
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
  • South Pacific
  • Southern Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Naomie Johnson, Acting Director, Science Partnerships Section, environment.research@environment.gov.au, +61 2 6275 9886
Canberra, Australia
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