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Marine bioregional plans and implementation issues: Australia's oceans policy process


Vince, J, Marine bioregional plans and implementation issues: Australia's oceans policy process, Marine Policy, 38 pp. 325-329. ISSN 0308-597X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2012.06.009


Australia's Oceans Policy, released in 1998, established a new, national approach for ecosystem-based ocean management that proposed the integration of sectoral and jurisdictional interests. Implementation was to be achieved through innovative institutions delivering ecosystem based management through Regional Marine Plans, now referred to as marine bioregional plans that are legislatively grounded via the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth). This paper argues that the original focus of the implementation process has changed, reflecting a lack of jurisdictional integration and an environmental focus that prioritises marine protected area management. It examines where the oceans policy stands today and the policy gap in terms of the lofty aspirations of Australia's Oceans Policy and implementation efforts.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Environment policy
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
UTAS Author:Vince, J (Associate Professor Joanna Vince)
ID Code:83290
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2013-03-07
Last Modified:2015-06-24

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