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A new wave of marine evidence-based management: emerging challenges and solutions to transform monitoring, evaluating and reporting


Addison, PFE and Collins, DJ and Trebilco, R and Howe, S and Bax, N and Hedge, P and Jones, G and Miloslavich, P and Roelfsema, C and Sams, M and Stuart-Smith, RD and Scanes, P and von Baumgarten, P and McQuatters-Gollop, A, A new wave of marine evidence-based management: emerging challenges and solutions to transform monitoring, evaluating and reporting, ICES Journal of Marine Science, 75, (3) pp. 941-952. ISSN 1054-3139 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsx216


Sustainable management and conservation of the world’s oceans requires effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting. Despite the growing political and social imperative for these activities, there are some persistent and emerging challenges that marine practitioners face in undertaking these activities. In 2015, a diverse group of marine practitioners came together to discuss the emerging challenges associated with marine monitoring, evaluation and reporting, and potential solutions to address these challenges. Three emerging challenges were identified: (1) the need to incorporate environmental, social and economic dimensions in evaluation and reporting; (2) the implications of big data, creating challenges in data management and interpretation; and, (3) dealing with uncertainty throughout monitoring, evaluation and reporting activities. We point to key solutions to address these challenges across monitoring, evaluation and reporting activities: 1) integrating models into marine management systems to help understand, interpret, and manage the environmental and socio-economic dimensions of uncertain and complex marine systems; 2) utilising big data sources and new technologies to collect, process, store, and analyse data; and 3) applying approaches to evaluate, account for, and report on the multiple sources and types of uncertainty. These solutions point towards a potential for a new wave of evidence-based marine management, through more innovative monitoring, rigorous evaluation and transparent reporting. Effective collaboration and institutional support across the science–management–policy interface will be crucial to deal with emerging challenges, and implement the tools and approaches embedded within these solutions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:monitoring, adaptive management, biodiversity, fisheries, collaboration, environment, environmental impact assessment, modelling, monitoring, socio-economic, decision-support, reporting, conservation
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Wildlife and habitat management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
UTAS Author:Trebilco, R (Dr Rowan Trebilco)
UTAS Author:Bax, N (Professor Nicholas Bax)
UTAS Author:Hedge, P (Mr Paul Hedge)
UTAS Author:Jones, G (Ms Glenys Jones)
UTAS Author:Miloslavich, P (Dr Patricia Miloslavich)
UTAS Author:Stuart-Smith, RD (Dr Rick Stuart-Smith)
ID Code:122428
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:41
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2017-11-14
Last Modified:2019-02-27
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