Perspectives in Marine Conservation: CCAMLR as a Case Study for Marine Resource Management Strategies

Project Outline and objectives:
There is increasing movement towards evidence-based management for marine resources around the globe. However, the requirement for scientific evidence of human impacts to inform and enable decision-making is somewhat at odds with the precautionary approach to management, which calls for preventive actions in the face of uncertain information about risks. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) is regularly cited as an example of a management organization that has successfully applied the precautionary approach to achieve conservation objectives for marine environments1 . Indeed the 2011 Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) named CCAMLR as one of the only fisheries management organizations to have implemented resolutions put forth in 2009 by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)2.

This project will assess current strategies for management of marine resources in the CCAMLR convention area as a case study to examine the relationship between evidence based management, CCAMLR’s precautionary approach, and the growing need for adaptive decision making in the context of climate change impacts on marine social-ecological systems.

Dirk Welsford (
Marcus Haward, UTas

Skills required:
This project will require the application of qualitative and quantitative analysis skills, applied to the analysis of text and interviews. Some understanding and experience with such analyses, the principles of marine conservation and resource management, and multi-stakeholder decision-making would be an advantage. Excellent interpersonal communication skills, and experience with working with groups from diverse cultural backgrounds would also be valuable.

Collaborative links:
This project links scientific and policy collaborators in the Centre for Marine Socioecology from IMAS and AAD. The Secretariat for the Convention for the Conservation of Marine Living Resources is based in Hobart, and the Commission and Scientific Committee of the Convention meet annually in Hobart, so the candidate will also have unique opportunities for regular access to the representatives from all the 25 members of the Convention.

Constable, A., Lessons from CCAMLR on the implementation of the ecosystem approach to managing fisheries, FISH and FISHERIES, 2011, 12, 138-151

Gianni, M., Currie, D.E.J., Fuller, S., Speer, L., Ardron, J., Weeber, B., Gibson, M., Roberts, G., Sack, K., Owen, S., Kavanagh, A., Unfinished business: a review of the implementation of the provisions of UNGA resolutions 61/105 and 64/72 related to the management of bottom fisheries in areas beyond national jurisdiction, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, September 2011

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