CoastKit – Victoria’s first marine and coastal knowledge management system

Mazor T1, Holden R1, Edmund M2, Flynn A3, Hobley T1, Ferns L1

1Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning,

2Australian Marine Ecology, 3Fathom Pacific


CoastKit is a new platform for environmental managers and researchers, that synthesises marine and coastal scientific data and resources. Developed by Victoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) in collaboration with Fathom Pacific and Australian Marine Ecology, CoastKit promotes standardised data classification for collection, reporting, monitoring and assessment across Victoria. The CoastKit database employs the Combined Biotope Classification Scheme (CBiCS) which unifies and standardises disparate datasets, with a knowledge-base built upon a central model holding records on marine biotopes, videography and images from survey transects and mapped outputs, as well as a comprehensive geo-bibliography. The web portal allows you to interact with >100 data layers, such as coastal hazards, wetlands and waterways, fisheries and aquaculture, and provides tools to identify features, overlay map layers, perform queries, and create reports/maps. CoastKit implements interactive tools that support marine managers by building networks that quantify the relationships and interactions between marine and coastal activities, pressures, habitats and species. By underpinning the dynamic relationships across coastal and marine ecosystems, this work facilitates: cumulative risk assessments, marine environmental impact assessments, marine spatial planning and ecosystem-based management (EBM) approaches. The holistic approach for integrated coastal and marine management will further develop capabilities for establishing monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement for key indicators: marine stewardship, water quality, pollution, marine biosecurity and biodiversity. Ultimately, CoastKit unifies and disseminates relevant information to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of decision making, ensuring the future health and sustainability of Victoria’s unique marine and coastal assets.


Tessa Mazor is a marine spatial analyst at Victoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. She has a PhD from the University of Queensland’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, and held two postdoctoral fellowships at CSIRO and UQ. Her research background focuses on marine conservation planning, fisheries risk assessments, coastal resilience, and integrating social and economic objectives to improve environmental management decisions and actions.

Rhiannon Holden: Marine Spatial Analyst at DELWP, her work at DELWP has consisted of the development and curation of spatial datasets for publication onto the CoastKit online mapping portal. Recently she has been harnessing the ArcGIS online tools to create storymaps and dashboards to analyse time-series datasets and produce report cards on the status of important marine values. Her research interests include conducting cumulative ecological risk assessments, producing risk profiles for threatened species, sustainable use of the marine environment and science communication.