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Ocean resource use: building the coastal blue economy


Bax, N and Novaglio, C and Maxwell, KH and Meyers, K and McCann, J and Jennings, S and Frusher, S and Fulton, EA and Nursey-Bray, M and Fischer, M and Anderson, K and Layton, C and Emad, GR and Alexander, KA and Rousseau, Y and Lunn, Z and Carter, CG, Ocean resource use: building the coastal blue economy, Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 32 pp. 189-207. ISSN 0960-3166 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s11160-021-09636-0


Humans have relied on coastal resources for centuries. However, current growth in population and increased accessibility of coastal resources through technology have resulted in overcrowded and often conflicted spaces. The recent global move towards development of national blue economy strategies further highlights the increased focus on coastal resources to address a broad range of blue growth industries. The need to manage sustainable development and future exploitation of both over-utilised and emergent coastal resources is both a political and environmental complexity. To address this complexity, we draw on the perspectives of a multi-disciplinary team, utilising two in depth exemplary case studies in New Zealand and within the Myanmar Delta Landscape, to showcase barriers, pathways and actions that facilitate a move from Business as Usual (BAU) to a future aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021–2030. We provide key recommendations to guide interest groups, and nations globally, towards sustainable utilisation, conservation and preservation of their marine environments in a fair and equitable way, and in collaboration with those who directly rely upon coastal ecosystems. We envision a sustainable future driven by conflict mitigation and resolution,  where:

  1. (i)

    Change is motivated and facilitated

  2. (ii)

    Coastal ecosystems are co-managed by multiple reliant groups

  3. (iii)

    Networks that maintain and enhance biodiversity are implemented

  4. (iv)

    Decision-making is equitable and based on ecosystem services

  5. (v)

    Knowledge of the marine realm is strengthened—‘mapping the ocean of life’

  6. (vi)

    The interests of diverse user groups are balanced with a fair distribution of benefits

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Sustainable Development Goals, blue growth, blue economy, conflict resolution, marine conservation
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Natural resource management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Coastal and estuarine systems and management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bax, N (Ms Narissa Bax)
UTAS Author:Novaglio, C (Dr Camilla Novaglio)
UTAS Author:Jennings, S (Dr Sarah Jennings)
UTAS Author:Frusher, S (Professor Stewart Frusher)
UTAS Author:Fulton, EA (Dr Elizabeth Fulton)
UTAS Author:Anderson, K (Dr Kelli Anderson)
UTAS Author:Layton, C (Dr Cayne Layton)
UTAS Author:Emad, GR (Dr Reza Emad)
UTAS Author:Alexander, KA (Dr Karen Alexander)
UTAS Author:Rousseau, Y (Dr Yannick Rousseau)
UTAS Author:Carter, CG (Professor Chris Carter)
ID Code:144387
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2021-05-19
Last Modified:2022-10-12

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