Coastal Uses & Impacts

Originally the coastal and marine environment was seen as a source of food, but uses have expanded to include transport, shipping, whaling stations, waste discharge, industry, recreation, marinas, residential development and aquaculture in recent times.

Of the two million people that live in Western Australia, 75 per cent live in the Perth metropolitan area. Therefore, it’s not surprising when visiting the beach, that everywhere you look you will be able to see the impact of humans on the coastal environment. Whether it’s a man-made structure, marine debris washed ashore, or simply a footprint in the sand – these are all reminders of our coastal use and the impacts that we leave behind!