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Australia's no-take marine protected areas: Appropriate conservation or inappropriate management of fishing?


Kearney, R and Buxton, CD and Farebrother, GR, Australia's no-take marine protected areas: Appropriate conservation or inappropriate management of fishing?, Marine Policy, 36, (5) pp. 1064-1071. ISSN 0308-597X (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2012.02.024


The absence of properly identified mechanisms to adequately protect the marine environment remains a major shortcoming in Australia’s commitment to biodiversity conservation. The current commitment to a National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas (NRSMPA) falls far short of providing adequate protection against the suite of existing and potential threats even though areas are designated as being ‘protected’. In this paper it is argued that the actions taken under the NRSMPA are disproportionately concentrated on regulating fishing, including the closing of areas in so-called sanctuary zones to all types of fishing. In the absence of clearly identified threats from most forms of fishing and without assessment of how best to manage those few fishing threats that have been identified, such actions are inefficient and mostly inappropriate. Moreover, they do not provide adequate protection against the full suite of threats to marine environments. Adequate measures for the proper conservation of these areas and/or the protection of marine biodiversity more generally are not being provided and in most cases threats are not even adequately described and evaluated.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:marine conservation, fishery management, marine protected areas
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries 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:Buxton, CD (Professor Colin Buxton)
UTAS Author:Farebrother, GR (Mr Graham Farebrother)
ID Code:78425
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:29
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2012-06-28
Last Modified:2013-05-06
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