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Marine Bioregional plans and implementation issues: Australia’s oceans policy process


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Vince, J (2013) Marine Bioregional plans and implementation issues: Australia’s oceans policy process. Marine Policy, 38. pp. 325-329. ISSN 0308-597X

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Australia’s Oceans Policy, released in 1998, established a new, national approach for ecosystem-based ocean management that proposed the integration of sectoral and jurisdictional interests. Implementation was to be achieved through innovative institutions delivering ecosystem based management through Regional Marine Plans, now referred to as marine bioregional plans that are legislatively
grounded via the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth). This paper
argues that the original focus of the implementation process has changed, reflecting a lack of
jurisdictional integration and an environmental focus that prioritises marine protected area management. It examines where the oceans policy stands today and the policy gap in terms of the lofty aspirations of Australia’s Oceans Policy and implementation efforts.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Australia’s oceans policy Regional marine plans Marine bioregional plans Policy implementation Marine protected areas
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Policy
Page Range: pp. 325-329
ISSN: 0308-597X
Identification Number - DOI: ttp://
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2012 05:35
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:46
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