Comparative evaluation of Integrated Coastal Marine Management in Australia - Workshop

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CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Hobart

Principal Investigator:

Alistair Hobday

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Adoption, Communities, Environment, Industry


There is widespread evidence, in Australia and internationally, of increased need for an improved, practical approach to integrated management (IM) of fisheries and other coastal marine activities that is able to fully embrace the social, economic and institutional aspects (the so-called ‘human dimensions), of management. Assessment and management systems traditionally neglect the human dimensions. Further, they treat sectors separately, often with different authorities managing diverse activities in different ways, resulting in inconsistencies in management across activities. The result is that there is almost no consideration of the cumulative social, economic or ecological impacts of multiple activities, and no way of informing trade-offs among activities in management decision-making. Experience to date is that IM has been only partially successful. Management of multiple activities has been additive…squeezing one activity in among others (e.g aquaculture in light of others). While there are some examples of movement toward IM, these have resulted in partial or temporary success. There are examples where management has started toward IM, but progress has been stalled or has fallen back. In general, many preconditions exist, but it has been hypothesized that management is missing key aspects of intentional design that would allow IM to proceed. The proposed workshop will bring together those with both the science knowledge and the operational knowledge of 8-10 Australian IM case studies and a few with international expertise, to evaluate and compare experience towards identifying key elements of success and failure of Integrated Management.


1. Complete the creation of a lens for evaluation of Integrated Management that includes appropriate attention to social, cultural, economic, institutional as well as ecological aspects

2. Convene two workshops involving expert practitioners with sufficient scientific and operational knowledge of existing Australian Integrated Management case studies

3. Evaluate and compare experience on implementing IM in Australia using a single evaluative lens

4. Synthesize and report results of the evaluation and make recommendations for improved IM in Australia

Promotion of "Marketing Names for Fish and Seafood" to Industry and Government Agencies (promotion of book developed and printed 94/137)

Final Report
Author(s):JM Ham
Date Published:

The purpose of this project was to promote the adoption and use of Marketing Names for Fish and Seafood in Australia (MNFSA). Problems caused by the lack of uniform marketing names date back to the 1970s. The Australian Fisheries Council (AFC) established a Recommended Marketing Names for Fish Committee in 1980. Recommended Marketing Names for Fish was in published 1985 and a revised edition was published in 1988. MNFSA was published in 1995.

The objectives of this project were to: develop a specific presentation package for each target group in industry, government and trade; conduct direct presentations to representatives of each target group at a state level; and encourage adoption of MNFSA by the nominated groups in the context of the overall fish names strategy.