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

“The new management plans will reflect sound science, protection of the environment and support sustainable industries.” 1

“Australia is a world leader in the creation of marine parks – we now have the opportunity to be a world leader in their management and will endeavour to finalise management plans by mid-2017.” 1

The Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review produced two reports: the Expert Science Panel (ESP) report [2] and the Bioregional Advisory Panel (BAP) 4 report. The ESP was asked to advise the Government on the science underpinning the development of Australia’s marine reserves while the BAP was asked to advise on areas of contention and how they might be addressed. [3]

These reports are a brief response from the Centre for Conservation Geography to the recommendations of the BAP. [4] One report focusses on the BAP's proposals for Marine National Park Zones and protection from mining. The other report focusses on the BAP's proposals for extensive destructive commercial fishing practices to be allowed within the partially protection zones of Australia's Commonwealth Marine Reserves. The Centre for Conservation Geography provides these reports for the consideration of the Australian Government and other decision-makers.



[2] Beeton, R. J. S., Buxton, C. D., Cochrane, P., Dittmann, S. and Pepperell, J. G. (2015). Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review: Report of the Expert Scientific Panel. Department of the Environment, Canberra.

[4] Buxton, C. D. and Cochrane, P. (2015). Commonwealth Marine Reserves BAP: Report of the Bioregional Advisory Panel. Department of the Environment, Canberra. 341pp.

 

Report: 
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This report is focused on the Bioregional Advisory Panel proposals for changes to Marine National Park Zones and protection from mining within Australia's Commonwealth Marine Reserves.

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This report is focused on Bioregional Advisory Panel proposals for commercial fishing activities which were classed by the Government's Fishing Gear Risk Assessments as posing an unacceptable risk to the conservation values of the marine reserves to be allowed across extensive areas of Australia's Commonwealth Marine Reserves.

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