Coast and marine management

Marine debris/rubbish

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula (NREP) receive occasional enquiries from the community regarding marine debris and inappropriate vehicle use on beaches.

We consult frequently with various land and coastal care groups, as well as Friends of Parks volunteers, and we encourage community members to contact us to discuss coastal management issues concerning them.

NREP have a dedicated coastal program aimed at looking after priority sites on Eyre Peninsula. More information here.

Each year we open up a call for expression of interest to EP community groups for funding to complete coastal protection works. We recently completed a Coastal Vehicle Access Decision Making Framework that provides local councils with clear recommendations, a suite of management options and consistent guidelines for the protection and use of coastal natural resource assets. We also have a Coastal Action Plan that identifies priority sites and actions required. This is used to guide the regions investment into protecting our coastal environment. DEWNR Friends of Parks volunteers organise regular beach clean-ups including on Clean-up Australia Day, for further information follow the links to our Volunteering and Events pages.

Volunteering opportunity to monitor shorebirds

New volunteers are always welcome to register interest in helping with shorebird monitoring. We have a vast coastline to cover so you might like to get involved in:

  • monitoring residential shorebirds like the Vulnerable Hooded plover . This opportunity is great for citizens who live close to hooded plover territories, and/or people who make regularly visit to a particularly Eyre Peninsula beach throughout the year anyway. Regularly visiting enables frequent checks on the hooded plovers, particularly during their riskiest times - i.e. in the lead-up to breeding and while they are raising their young (usually over the peak of summer). More information here.
  • monitoring migratory shorebirds. These amazing birds temporarily visit Australia during Spring and Summer, as part of their survival and life-cycle. People who have a good eye at identifying slight differences, who like to count and who would like to play a key roll in a global conservation effort (by acting locally) are encouraged to contact us. More information here.

Priority coastal areas for nature

The Eyre Peninsula Coastal Action Plan is a detailed conservation study and action plan which covers 2,475 kilometres of coastline – nearly half the length of South Australia’s coast - from Two Hummocks Point north of Whyalla to the eastern boundary of the Wahgunyah Conservation Park in the Far West. It provides baseline information for the protection and management of the coast and outlines the actions required.

The plan divides the coast into 85 coastal cells, each around 25 km in length. It provides detailed information on 56 of the cells, including a description of the geology, type of coastline, land uses, flora and fauna lists. 
Threats are identified for each of these 56 cells, such as potential climate change impacts, pest plants and animals, marine debris and the impact of off-road vehicles on beaches, samphire areas and beach nesting birds. 

Download a copy of the EP Coastal Action Plan:

  • Volume 1 (118.05 MB) - contains introduction, description of themes and databases, conservation themes, threats, glossary of terms and bibliography.
  • Volume 2 (11.68 MB) - conservation and threat summary, cell descriptions.
Further specific information is available if required please call the Natural Resources Centre on (08) 8688 3111 or call in at 86 Tasman Terrace Port Lincoln.


Interested in climate, adaptation and coastal living - check out array of tools and checklists on the CoastAdapt website, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.