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

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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 pp. 1-13. ISSN 1323-1650 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/MF17248

Abstract

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 and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries Sciences
Research Field:Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Climate and Climate Change
Objective Field:Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability
Author:Alexander, KA (Dr Karen Alexander)
Author:Hobday, AJ (Dr Alistair Hobday)
Author:Cvitanovic, C (Dr Christopher Cvitanovic)
Author:Ogier, E (Dr Emily Ogier)
Author:Nash, KL (Dr Kirsty Nash)
Author:Cottrell, RS (Mr Richard Cottrell)
Author:Fleming, A (Dr Aysha Fleming)
Author:Fudge, M (Ms Maree Fudge)
Author:Fulton, EA (Dr Elizabeth Fulton)
Author:Frusher, S (Professor Stewart Frusher)
Author:Kelly, R (Ms Rachel Kelly)
Author:MacLeod, CK (Associate Professor Catriona MacLeod)
Author:Pecl, GT (Professor Gretta Pecl)
Author:van Putten, I (Dr Ingrid Van Putten)
Author:Vince, J (Dr Joanna Vince)
Author:Watson, RA (Professor Reginald Watson)
ID Code:127626
Year Published:2018
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP140101377)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2018-08-06
Last Modified:2018-09-05
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