Australian Marine Environment

Fishing Gear Risk Assessments

As part of the development of Australia's Commonwealth marine parks network the Federal Government commissioned a series of independent reviews to determine which commercial fishing practices could be allowed to continue within the multiple use, or partially protected zones of the marine park without posing unacceptable risks of damage to the conservation values the marine parks were being created to protect.

The Scuba Dive Industry in Australia: towards estimates of economic size and impact

The recreational Scuba Dive industry undoubtedly makes a large and important contribution to the Australian economy. Despite this importance, little work has been done to measure or quantify the true size of the industry, either in dollar terms or in the employment numbers.

While highlighting the need for further research, this paper seeks to sketch a broad outline around the potential size and contribution of the Australian Scuba dive industry.

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Response to Australia's Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review

On 5 September 2016, the Hon. Josh Frydenberg, Minister for the Environment and Energy, announced the completion of the Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review. [1]

In his press release, the Minister reaffirmed the Australian Government’s desire to be a world leader in the protection of marine life by using sound science and supporting a sustainable blue economy. 1

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CCG South-west Planning Region Report to Australia's Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review

In reviewing the available data on the South-west Marine Reserve Network the Centre for Conservation Geography makes five key findings relating to a review of the zoning plans for the South-west Marine Reserves (the South-west Marine Reserve Network and its zoning was passed into law by the Abbott Government in December 2013[1]):

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CCG North-west Planning Region Report to Australia' Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review

In reviewing the available data on the North-west Marine Reserve Network the Centre for Conservation Geography makes five key findings relating to a review of the zoning plans for the North-west Marine Reserves (the North-west Marine Reserve Network and it’s zoning was passed into law by the Abbott Government in December 2013[1]):

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CCG North Planning Region Report to Australia's Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review

In reviewing the available data on the North Marine Reserve Network the Centre for Conservation Geography makes five key findings relating to a review of the zoning plans for the North Marine Reserves (the North Marine Reserve Network and its zoning was passed into law by the Abbott Government in December 2013[1]):

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CCG Temperate East Report to Australia's Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review

In reviewing the available data on the Temperate East Marine Reserve Network the Centre for Conservation Geography makes five key findings relating to a review of the zoning plans for the Temperate East Marine Reserves (the Temperate East Reserve Network and it’s zoning was passed into law by the Abbott Government in December 2013[1]):

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CCG Coral Sea Report to Australia's Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review

In reviewing the available data on the Coral Sea the Centre for Conservation Geography makes five key findings relating to a review of the zoning plan for the Coral Sea Marine Reserve (the Coral Sea Marine Reserve and its zoning was passed into law by the Abbott Government in December 2013[1]):

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CCG Submission to the Draft Management Plan for the North Kimberley Marine Park

Executive Summary

On the 16 February 2016, Traditional Owners and the Western Australian Government released the indicative joint management plan for the proposed North Kimberley Marine Park for public comment.

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Developing Australia’s national system of marine reserves: A statement of concern about the proposal for Australia’s South West Marine Region

Coordinator: Professor Hugh Possingham, The University of Queensland 8 August 2011
 
On 5th May 2011 the Australian Government released a draft proposal for a network of marine
reserves in the Commonwealth waters of the South West bioregional marine planning region.
Australia’s South West is of global significance for marine life because it is a temperate region
with an exceptionally high proportion of endemic species – species found nowhere else in the world.

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