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Private‐sector engagement in regional fisheries management organisations to which Australia is a party

Murray, EA 2020 , 'Private‐sector engagement in regional fisheries management organisations to which Australia is a party', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs) are the entities responsible under
international law for creating the conservation and management measures that apply to high
seas fisheries. States must implement the conservation and management measures of RFMOs
to which they are a party in their domestic legislation. One of the key challenges facing RFMOs
globally is a lack of compliance by both contracting and non-contracting Parties.
The current status of wild-capture global fisheries appears grim; with more than 80 per cent of
global fisheries either fully exploited, or overexploited. The ability of RFMOs to enforce
compliance with the conservation measures they administer is a critical factor in addressing the
decline of high seas fish stocks. To date, the performance of RFMOs in this regard has been
poor; with discontinuity between the compliance approaches of individual RFMOs cited as one of
the key contributing factors to the challenges facing regional fisheries management.
This thesis aims to make recommendations for reform to assist a specific group of RFMOs:
RFMOs to which Australia is party (AusRFMOs). It investigates how AusRFMOs can become
more adaptive and resilient to the challenges posed by non-compliance. It achieves this by
testing the hypothesis that there are inconsistencies amongst AusRFMOs in their adoption of
compliance measures.
This thesis argues that private-sector engagement, where the entities being regulated by
AusRFMOs become a part of the solution, represents a viable and practical solution to the
problem of non-compliance. It is suggested that rather than continuing to focus on how legislative
reform can strengthen regional fisheries management, private-sector engagement in the work of
AusRFMOs represents an important alternative to the problems currently facing global fisheries.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Murray, EA
Keywords: regional, fisheries law, private-sector, compliance
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