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Regional marine plans : fisheries management challenges under Australia's Oceans Policy

Foster, Elizabeth Grace 2004 , 'Regional marine plans : fisheries management challenges under Australia's Oceans Policy', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The release of the Commonwealth's Australia's Oceans Policy (AOP) in 1998, introduced
the concept of integrated ecosystem-based oceans management to be implemented through
Regional Marine Plans. The South-east Regional Marine Plan (SERMP) was the first plan
developed under AOP. Fisheries, being the third largest industry in the south-east region,
play a significant role in the implementation of the SERMP. This thesis identifies
implementation issues for Australian fisheries in the broader context of regional marine
planning. Specifically, fisheries and oceans management arrangements are analysed for their
capacities to meet the objectives of AOP, in terms of integration and conflict management
that crosses jurisdictions and sectors, and also within the fisheries sector.
This thesis argues that effective implementation of the SERMP will require an advanced
capacity for integration between sectors and jurisdictions. It also argues that the
implementation of the SERMP will require more innovative and focused approaches to
conflict management, so that traditionally opposing interest groups can work towards
cohesive integrated oceans management. This thesis examines the development and
implementation of the SERMP, supported by comparative analysis of international initiatives
and other approaches to natural resource management. This analysis demonstrates that
fisheries require a carefully planned combination of instrumental and institutional
arrangements to address issues raised in the SERMP. Likewise, oceans management
currently addresses integration issues at the higher echelons of government but lacks the
operational support to effectively implement the SERMP. This thesis proposes the use of
key tools that incorporate instrumental and institutional bases for integrated management that
embody ecosystem-based management principles and effective conflict management
Australia has traditionally adopted a "negative" integration approach to natural resource
management, whereby activities should not be inconsistent with overall objectives for
management. This thesis concludes that Australia needs to progress towards a more
"positive" approach to integration in oceans management by breaking through traditional
sectoral and jurisdictional mindsets in order to practically meet ecosystem-based objectives.
This requires a more concentrated effort to build the integrative capacity from within sectors,
such as fisheries, to meet the overall objectives of AOP.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Foster, Elizabeth Grace
Keywords: Marine resources development, Marine resources, Marine resources, Ocean, Oceanography
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For consultation only. No copying permitted until 31st January 2007. Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Tasmania, 2005. Includes bibliographical references

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