8.6.1 Recovery in the ecosystem continued
Current summary and assessment components
Assessment grade and trend Very good Good Poor Very poor
Confidence Grade Trend
Humpback whales: Humpback whales continue to recover at their maximum population growth rate 50 years after whaling stopped. Grading statements
Under current management, throughout the ecosystem, populations of affected species are recovering well, at rates close to their maximum reproductive capacity. Affected habitats are recovering within expected natural timeframes, following natural cycles of regeneration.
Trend since 2009 Very poor
Populations of affected species are recovering at rates below their maximum reproductive capacity. Recovery of affected habitats is slower than naturally expected but structure and function are ultimately restored within a reasonable timeframe.
Populations of affected species are recovering poorly, at rates well below their maximum reproductive capacity. Recovery of affected habitats is much slower than expected natural timeframes and the resultant habitat is substantially different.
Affected species are failing to recover and affected habitats are failing to recover to their natural structure and function.
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Improved Stable Deteriorated No consistent trend
Adequate high-quality evidence and high level of consensus Limited evidence or limited consensus Inferred, very limited evidence
8.6.2 Improving heritage resilience
Outlook Report 2009: Not assessed
Current summary and assessment components Improving heritage resilience: The resilience of built heritage values has improved where the values are well recorded and well recognised and there is strong regulatory protection and regular maintenance (for example heritage-listed lighthouses). The resilience of intangible values, such as many Indigenous heritage values, depends on the active involvement of the custodians of those values so that connections and knowledge are kept alive. Such involvement has continued to grow. Cultural practices, observances, customs and lore: Resilience of Indigenous heritage values depends on opportunities for Traditional Owners to access country and continue their cultural practices. Groups such as the Woppaburra in the south of the Region are working to strengthen cultural connections. Their aspirations are reflected in management arrangements such as the Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement. Lightstations: Formal recognition of the heritage values of the four major lightstations means there is comprehensive recording, restoration and regular maintenance. The heritage values of unlisted sites are less well known and more susceptible to being lost. Underwater wrecks: Most underwater wrecks are poorly recorded or their locations are unknown. Those that are comprehensively recorded and are within a protected zone have the highest resilience. In some cases heritage values can be protected by recovery and conservation of artefacts. Resilience varies depending on a wreck’s physical situation.
Under current management, heritage values are well understood, well recorded and well protected. Actions are being taken to address major threats and restore values. Cultural connections and community awareness are strong.
Trend since 2009
Heritage values are described and recorded for many components. Many of the values are protected under current management arrangements. Some actions are being taken to address major threats and there is restoration work in some areas. Cultural connections are generally strong and there is some community awareness of values.