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Oceans Policy - Principle and Processes

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Oceans policy: principles and processes

National Oceans Office 2003
ISBN 1 877043 25 7

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About the report

Australia’s Oceans Policy is the basis for the Commonwealth Government’s approach to achieving ecologically sustainable development in Australia’s marine jurisdiction.

One of the main findings of a recent independent review of the initial implementation of Australia’s Oceans Policy was that the policy goals and principles continue to provide an international benchmark. At the same time, the review outlined a number of ways to improve implementation.

Oceans Policy: Principles and Processes sets out the Commonwealth Government’s approach to making Australia’s Oceans Policy more operational. It also aims to help marine managers and users to deliver more sustainable and efficient outcomes. The challenge is to put in place an integrated and ecosystem-based approach to management that will allow decisions to be made on the basis of a comprehensive understanding of the ecosystem, including the role that human activities play within it.