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The Scope of Coastal and Marine Studies

Source: Adapted from Our Sea, Our Future: Major findings of the State of the Marine Environment Report for Australia, Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, Canberra, 1995, p. 103.

The key issues in managing Australia's environment are interrelated. Because the major source of marine environmental threats lie inland in the catchments, strategic, integrated planning and management in the coastal zone are of paramount importance. Integrated catchment management is probably almost as important to the sea as it is to the land.