Australia: State of the Environment Technical Paper Series (Estuaries and the Sea), Series 1
Edited by Phillip Cosser
Department of the Environment, 1997
ISBN 0 642 25276 9
About the Technical Paper
Effective management of the cumulative and chronic effects of the range of pollutants entering the waters of the coastal zone is widely acknowledged as being one of the major environmental management challenges facing Australia. Pollutants enter coastal zone waters from a variety of sources. Virtually all economic sectors contribute directly or indirectly to the pollutant load. Given the diversity of polluting sources, and the inherent difficulties in identifying cause and effect relationships, it is extremely difficult to develop effective management strategies to protect estuarine and marine waters from the adverse impacts of pollution.