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‘Best available science’ approach to management decisions by the Commission for the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Living Resources: consistent or selective?

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Goldsworthy, LD, Best available science' approach to management decisions by the Commission for the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Living Resources: consistent or selective?, Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs, 14, (1) pp. 53-75. ISSN 1836-6503 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/18366503.2021.1980264

Abstract

The Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources is responsible for managing human activities in the Southern Ocean. The Convention’s Commission meets annually to determine management decisions to deliver the Convention’s objective of conservation of Antarctic marine living resources (including rational use). Members are required to base these decisions on the ‘best available scientific advice’, meaning the best scientific information available at the time. Applied correctly this approach is an effective way to implement the precautionary approach required by the Convention. This paper reviews the Commission’s responses to the Scientific Committee’s recommendations, to assess the extent to which it has used best available scientific information in its decision making. It concludes that since 1990, there has been a consistently high uptake of ‘best available science’ by the Commission, particularly for general fisheries regulation and specific finfish fisheries, and that progress is steady on the implementation of long-term krill management. However, there are inconsistencies in the approach to the application of ‘best available science’ for issues that extend outside explicit fisheries management. Without embracing its obligation to consistently use best available science across all management and conservation responsibilities, the Commission will face challenges in effectively delivering the Convention’s objective.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:CCAMLR, best available scientific evidence, precautionary fisheries management, conservation management, Southern Ocean fisheries
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Environment policy
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Goldsworthy, LD (Ms Lynda Goldsworthy)
ID Code:146613
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2021-09-16
Last Modified:2022-04-13
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