The Marine Coastal Community Network (MCCN) help build community, industry and government support for marine and coastal biodiversity, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. MCCN is a not for profit network with a national focus.
Marine Coastal Community Network informs, involves, and connects community interests, the three spheres of government and industry to facilitate positive outcomes for the conservation of marine biodiversity and ecological processes, and the ecologically sustainable use of Australia’s marine and coastal environments.
There are currently over 10,000 organisations, groups and individuals who use the services of the Network, covering government agencies, industry and the community sector.
Participants include concerned citizens who want to be kept informed, commercial and recreational fishing interests, scuba divers, surfers, the shipping industry, marine science community, conservation interests, tourism interests, political interests, government agencies.
The MCCN was established 1993 and was hosted by the then Australian Littoral Society Inc. and currently by the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS). Up until June 30, 2008, for 15 years, the Australian Government was the primary funder of the Network. MCCN is currently looking for support from industry partners and interested participants. MCCN is currently staffed by a team of volunteer workers. MCCN’s head office is based at the University of NSW’s (UNSW) Building 2 at Chowder Bay. UNSW is a member of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) a collaboration of universities. SIMS is also located at Chowder Bay on Sydney Harbour.