This report is the product of a collaborative effort of the Australian marine science and management community. The authors would like to thank all the experts who contributed assessments and case studies of the marine environment, and those who reviewed those assessments, providing a robust and accurate account of the state of the marine environment for 2016. The authors greatly appreciate the assistance of Emma Flukes and the National Marine Biodiversity Hub in facilitating the incorporation of metadata records associated with each of the assessments and case studies in this report into the Australian Ocean Data Network.
Experts providing assessments on pressures in the marine environment included Russ Babcock, Doug Cato, Piers Dunstan, Christine Erbe, Ming Feng, Britta Denise Hardesty, Mark Hemer, Cass Hunter, Christine Lamont, Andrew Lenton, Tim Lynch, Richard Matear, Denise McCorry, Jo Parr, David Peel, Phil Reid, Ken Ridgway, Tim Skewes, Bernadette Sloyan, Bronte Tilbrook and Chris Wilcox.
Experts providing assessments of the state and trends of the marine environment included Franziska Althaus, Russ Babcock, Neville Barrett, Simon Barry, Lev Bodrossy, Annette Brown, Mark Brown, Cathy Bulman, Scott Condie, Peter Doherty, Graham Edgar, Scott Evans, Beth Fulton, Caleb Gardner, Lisa Gershwin, James Gilmour, Simon Goldsworthy, Malcolm Haddon, Gustaaf Hallegraeff, Mark Hamann, Jason Hartog, Andrew Heyward, Alistair Hobday, Xi Huang, Michelle Huepel, Terry Hughes, Craig Johnson, Alan Jordan, John Keesing, Rudy Kloser, Matthew Koopman, Vimoksalehi Lukoschek, Jeremy Lyle, Robyn Martin, Richard Matear, Alice McKay, Brett Molony, Scott Nichol, Roland Pitcher, John Pogonoski, Zoe Richards, Anthony Richardson, Wayne Rochester, Peter Shaughnessy, Peter Stoutjesdijk, Rick Stuart-Smith, Hugh Sweatman, Jason Tanner, Peter Thompson, Geoff Tuck, Vinay Udyawer, Mat Vanderklift, John Virtue, Tim Ward, Will White, Alan Williams, Shaun Wilson and Eric Woehler.
Experts providing assessments on the effectiveness of management included Doug Cato, Stephen Cole, Christine Erbe, Rick Fletcher, Angela Gillham, Mandy Goodspeed, Alistair Hobday, Neil Holbrook, Terry Hughes, Cass Hunter, Christine Lamont, Denise McCorry, Mark Pagano, Jean Palutikof, Jo Parr, Gretta Pecl, Elvira Poloczanska, Nick Rayns, Russell Reichelt, Tim Skewes and Brent Wise.
Experts providing case studies included Shaun Barclay, Barry Bruce, Graham Edgar, Scott Foster, Britta Denise Hardesty, Keith Hayes, Paul Hedge, Cass Hunter, Tim Moltmann, David Peel, Roland Pitcher, Anthony Richardson, Wayne Rochester, Tristan Simpson, Tim Skewes, Ilona Stobutski, Rick Stuart-Smith, Chris Wilcox, Brent Wise and James Woodhams.
Experts providing reviews of assessments and case studies included Virginia Andrews-Goff, Leanne Armand, Francesca Astolfi, Russ Babcock, Mark Baird, John Bannister, Peter Baylis, Helen Beggs, Jessica Benthuysen, Michelle Burford, Rodrigo Bustamante, Nicholas Carlile, Lynda Chambers, Andrew Chin, Andrew Coleman, Melinda Coleman, Kim Currie, Darren Dennis, Rebecca Dobbs, Martina Doblin, Piers Dunstan, Jason Everett, Ming Feng, Will Figueira, Lisa Gershwin, Dan Gledhill, Jillian Grayson, Mark Hamann, Rob Harcourt, Peter Harris, Pat Hutchings, Charlie Huveneers, Alan Jordan, Mervi Kangas, Ray Masini, Rob McCauley, Justin McDonald, Terry Miller, Andy Moore, Melissa Nursey-Bray, Tim O’Hara, Irene Penesis, Stuart Phinn, Roland Pitcher, Eva Plagányi-Lloyd, Ann Preece, Rachel Przeslawski, Keith Sainsbury, Kate Sanders, Peter Scanes, Thomas Schlacher, Justin Seymour, Tony Smith, Ilona Stobutzki, Ian Suthers, Kerry Swadling, Deborah Thiele, Ron Thresher, Kathy Townsend, Paul van Ruth and Alan Williams.
We would also like to thank all those who provided information, reports and papers to the authors, those who provided comments on the scoping paper associated with this report and those who reviewed drafts of this report, particularly members of the Research Providers Network, the Australian Fisheries Management Forum and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Two anonymous reviewers are thanked for their insightful and helpful comments, which greatly improved the report.
Responsibility for the information and views set out in this report lies entirely with the authors and does not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Government or contributors.