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Progress in integrating natural and social science in marine ecosystem-based management research


Alexander, KA and Hobday, AJ and Cvitanovic, C and Ogier, E and Nash, KL and Cottrell, RS and Fleming, A and Fudge, M and Fulton, EA and Frusher, S and Kelly, R and MacLeod, CK and Pecl, GT and van Putten, I and Vince, J and Watson, RA, Progress in integrating natural and social science in marine ecosystem-based management research, Marine and Freshwater Research, 70, (1) pp. 71-83. ISSN 1323-1650 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/MF17248


Climate change, in combination with population growth, is placing increasing pressure on the world’s oceans and their resources. This is threatening sustainability and societal wellbeing. Responding to these complex and synergistic challenges requires holistic management arrangements. To this end, ecosystem-based management (EBM) promises much by recognising the need to manage the ecosystem in its entirety, including the human dimensions. However, operationalisation of EBM in the marine environment has been slow. One reason may be a lack of the inter-disciplinary science required to address complex social–ecological marine systems. In the present paper, we synthesise the collective experience of the authors to explore progress in integrating natural and social sciences in marine EBM research, illustrating actual and potential contributions. We identify informal barriers to and incentives for this type of research. We find that the integration of natural and social science has progressed at most stages of the marine EBM cycle; however, practitioners do not yet have the capacity to address all of the problems that have led to the call for inter-disciplinary research. In addition, we assess how we can support the next generation of researchers to undertake the effective inter-disciplinary research required to assist with operationalising marine EBM, particularly in a changing climate.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:multidisciplinary, marine science, fisheries
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Social impacts of climate change and variability
UTAS Author:Alexander, KA (Dr Karen Alexander)
UTAS Author:Hobday, AJ (Dr Alistair Hobday)
UTAS Author:Cvitanovic, C (Dr Christopher Cvitanovic)
UTAS Author:Ogier, E (Dr Emily Ogier)
UTAS Author:Nash, KL (Dr Kirsty Nash)
UTAS Author:Cottrell, RS (Dr Richard Cottrell)
UTAS Author:Fleming, A (Dr Aysha Fleming)
UTAS Author:Fudge, M (Dr Maree Fudge)
UTAS Author:Fulton, EA (Dr Elizabeth Fulton)
UTAS Author:Frusher, S (Professor Stewart Frusher)
UTAS Author:Kelly, R (Dr Rachel Kelly)
UTAS Author:MacLeod, CK (Professor Catriona MacLeod)
UTAS Author:Pecl, GT (Professor Gretta Pecl)
UTAS Author:van Putten, I (Dr Ingrid Van Putten)
UTAS Author:Vince, J (Associate Professor Joanna Vince)
UTAS Author:Watson, RA (Professor Reginald Watson)
ID Code:127626
Year Published:2018
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP140101377)
Web of Science® Times Cited:40
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2018-08-06
Last Modified:2022-07-04

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