OceanWatch compiled a series of recommendations for protecting fish habitat post-bushfires in a Fish Habitat Protection Protocol. As part of this project, OceanWatch also set up six mapping tools tailored to 6 regions of Australia that experienced severe fires and downstream coastal impacts. Using this information, communities can learn, discuss, and plan appropriate responsive actions focused on improving the outcome for fish habitats.
These maps are a collection of publicly available spatial data layers relevant to the 2019-2020 bushfires and their impacts to aquatic environments in six focus regions. These layers will help put in context any impact observed downstream from fire grounds, collected through the OceanWatch Australia bushfire impacts survey. These spatial tools are best used in conjunction with consultation of the Fish Habitat Protection Protocol.