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Consensus management in Antarctica's high seas - past success and current challenges


Nilsson, JA and Fulton, EA and Haward, M and Johnson, C, Consensus management in Antarctica's high seas - past success and current challenges, Marine Policy, 73 pp. 172-180. ISSN 0308-597X (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2016.08.005


The high seas surrounding Antarctica have a vast and diverse marine environment. Following its establishment in 1982, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has managed the ecosystems of the high seas of the Southern Ocean. CCAMLR pioneered the ecosystem approach to resource management, took action on the problem of sea bird by-catch, and has established measures to combat illegal unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. CCAMLR is seen as an example of best practice in managing marine resources in international waters. At the same time, CCAMLR's challenges arise in the balance between ‘fishing’ and ‘conservation’ interests; for example in the current debates over climate change and marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean. In each of these examples, CCAMLR's consensus-based decision-making process has been a central element in shaping outcomes. This paper considers CCAMLR's achievements in sustainable marine ecosystems and identifies emerging challenges.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Southern Ocean, marine living resources, Antarctica, CCAMLR, ocean governance, consensus management, ecosystem-basedmanagement, marine protected areas, climate change, IUU
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public policy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Nilsson, JA (Ms Jessica Nilsson)
UTAS Author:Fulton, EA (Dr Elizabeth Fulton)
UTAS Author:Haward, M (Professor Marcus Haward)
UTAS Author:Johnson, C (Professor Craig Johnson)
ID Code:110974
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2016-08-24
Last Modified:2017-11-27

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