Threat abatement plan



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BACKGROUND PAPER

for the
THREAT ABATEMENT PLAN

for the impacts of marine debris on vertebrate marine life


May 2009

Australian Government

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
Cover image (main):

Cape Arnhem, Northern Territory. Dr Ilse Kiessling.
Cover image (left-hand inlayed):

Customs officers Annette Brewer and Craig Butler disentangling a turtle from a derelict fishing net, north of Middle Island, Ashmore Reef, Craig Butler.
Cover image (centre inlayed):

Prince of Wales Island, Torres Strait. Dr Ilse Kiessling.
Cover image (right-hand inlayed):

Nesting Gray Headed Albatross (Thalassarche chysotoms) at Petral Peak (IA 420B4), Macquarie Island. Photographer Unknown, Australian Antarctic Division © Commonwealth of Australia.

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts


© Commonwealth of Australia 2009

This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the Commonwealth, available from the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. Requests and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be addressed to:


Assistant Secretary

Marine Environment Branch

Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

GPO Box 787

CANBERRA ACT 2601
This publication is available at:

http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/tap/marine-debris.html


For additional hard copies, please contact the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Community

Information Unit on 1800 803 772.


The contents of this document have been compiled using a range of source materials and is valid as at May 2009. The Commonwealth Government is not liable for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of or reliance on the contents of the document.


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