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Vince, J and Smith, Anthony and Sainsbury, K J and Cresswell, I and Smith, D and Haward, M (2015) Australia's Oceans Policy: Past, Present and Future. Marine Policy, 57. pp. 1-8. ISSN 0308-597X

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Abstract

Australia has a large and diverse marine jurisdiction. A federal division of responsibilities matched with complex intergovernmental arrangements shapes management of this jurisdiction. This paper first outlines Australia’s ocean governance arrangements and then reviews attempts to establish a national Australian oceans policy in the late 1990s. Notwithstanding attempts to implement an integrated policy framework across jurisdictions and sectors this ambitious policy framework has not met its original aspirations. However some new approaches have been introduced into a range of ocean sectors. The paper explores twenty plus years of oceans policy development and implementation and identifies key future challenges in implementing national oceans policy.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Australia's Oceans Policy Marine Bioregional Plans Ocean governance Integrated policy Ecosystem based approaches Marine Protected Areas
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Policy
Publisher: Elsevier
Page Range: pp. 1-8
ISSN: 0308-597X
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2015.02.014
Copyright Holders: Elsevier
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Copyright 2015 Elsevier

Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2015 23:39
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2015 23:39
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