Coast and marine management

Marine debris/rubbish

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula frequently receives enquiries from the community regarding marine debris and inappropriate vehicle use on beaches.

With regards to marine debris we support individuals and community groups in taking self lead steps to looking after priority coastal areas on Eyre Peninsula.

For ways to proactively contribute click here.

We consult regularly with various land and coastcare groups, as well as Friends of Parks volunteers. We encourage community members to contact us to discuss coastal management issues concerning them. Each year we put out for expressions of interest to Eyre Peninsula community groups for funding to complete coastal protection works.

Coastal Vehicle Access Decision Making Framework now provides local councils with clear recommendations, a suite of management options and consistent guidelines for the protection and use of coastal natural resource assets.

Our Coastal Action Plan identifies priority sites and actions required. This is used to guide the regions investment into protecting our coastal environment. Department for Environment and Water Friends of Parks volunteers organise regular beach clean-ups, including Clean-up Australia Day. For further information follow the links to our Volunteering and Events pages.

Priority coastal areas for nature

The Eyre Peninsula Coastal Action Plan is a detailed conservation study and action plan which covers 2,475 kilometers 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.

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.


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