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Vince, J 2014 , 'Oceans governance and marine spatial planning in Australia' , Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs, vol. 6, no. 1 , pp. 5-17 , doi: 10.1080/18366503.2014.888137.

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Australian ocean governance faces the challenge of sustaining a balance between marine
resource use and conservation while dealing with pressing threats resulting from climate
change such as sea level rise, fisheries food security, IUU fishing and ocean acidification.
Marine spatial planning (MSP) is a way forward for dealing with these challenges in oceans
governance. This paper examines a recent Commonwealth MSP initiative in Australia:
Marine Bioregional Plans (MBPs) that are based on large marine ecosystems and provide
the framework for the establishment of the National Representative System of Marine
Protected Areas. Four MSP conditions are introduced: use of ecosystem-based approaches;
spatial orientation; integration; and a multilevel policy framework. By analysing MBPs
utilising these conditions, this paper outlines the challenges and accomplishments of this
MSP process.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Vince, J
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1836-6503
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/18366503.2014.888137
Copyright Holders: Australian Association for Maritime Affairs
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Copyright 2014 Australian Association for Maritime Affairs

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