The National Marine Science Plan: informing Australia’s future ocean policy

National Marine Science Committee

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In 1998 the Australian Government released ‘Australia’s Ocean Policy: Caring, Understanding, Using Wisely’ (Environment Australia 1998a). The policy, released in the International Year of Oceans, recognised that our oceans contain resources of enormous past, present and future benefit to us all – resources that must be managed carefully to ensure economic benefit exists side by side with sensitive environmental care. This pioneering policy attempted to set a framework for integrated and ecosystem-based planning and management for all of Australia’s marine jurisdictions but lacked input and therefore buy-in from state and territory jurisdictions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-51
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2016


  • marine science
  • National Marine Science Plan
  • marine policy
  • marine conservation


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