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Coasts, waterways and marine

Information about getting a boat, mooring or fishing licence, beach water pollution, marine protected areas, wetlands, estuaries and coastal management.


How we monitor and report on beach water quality, causes of beach water pollution, find beaches along our coast and water safety advice.

Coasts and estuaries

The NSW Government supports local councils and communities to help manage our coasts and estuaries.

Marine protected areas

Marine protected areas conserve marine biodiversity and support marine science, recreation and education.

Maritime information

What you need to know about boat driving licences, mooring licences, registering your vessel in NSW, waterway rules and safety.

Recreational fishing

To fish legally in NSW in freshwater or saltwater, you need to carry your recreational fishing licence or a receipt showing you've paid the fee.


Wetlands are areas of land covered or saturated with water and are home to many animals and plants.

Related apps

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Access the latest information about every Australian beach on the go. Offering unrivalled coverage of the Australian coastline, the Beachsafe app provides detailed information from patrol status, facilities and hazards to weather, swell and tide.

Surf Life Saving Australia recommends swimming at patrolled beaches, between the red and yellow flags.

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Marine Rescue NSW

Marine Rescue NSW is the State’s official volunteer marine rescue service. The Marine Rescue App allows you to register details of your next boating trip.

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FishSmart NSW

The official app from NSW Department of Primary Industries provides you with the essential information you need to fish recreationally in NSW. 

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