Global Ghost Gear Analysis: Mapping fisheries gear loss, fates and impacts around the world

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Project outline and objectives: ‘Ghost gear’ is a term commonly applied to abandoned, lost, discarded or derelict fishing gear (ALDFG).  When lost to the marine environment, this fishing gear can continue to fish, entangle and ensnare marine wildlife, smother sea floor and fragile coastal environments. It is also frequently expensive…

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Climate ready: identifying adaptation preparedness in Australia’s State fisheries

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Project outline and objectives: Long-term climate changes can have a range of potential effects, both positive and negative, on human economies and ecosystem services. Currently, Australian state fisheries management plans and practices do not explicitly consider the effects of long-term climate change, and management options appropriate for climate change remain…

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An Integrated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Offshore Aquaculture Development and Administrative Decision-Support

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Project outline and objectives: Aquaculture is currently the fastest growing food sector in the world and is becoming the primary source of animal protein for human consumption. However along with this significant growth in aquaculture production, there is an increasing concern over the availability of adequate and suitable space for…

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Rewiring marine food webs: predicting consequences of species distribution shifts on marine communities

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Project outline and objectives: Accelerating environmental change is radically affecting the structure, resilience and productivity of coastal marine ecosystems at both regional and global scales. The project will combine global species distribution and trait databases, existing experimental data and new targeted field sampling to develop, test and apply an integrated…

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Developing the human component of oceanic size-spectrum ecosystem models

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Project outline and objectives: Humans are a fundamental component and a driving force of marine ecosystems. Understanding the complex interplay between human-induced ecological changes and their feedbacks on societies is a crucial step towards an integrated ecosystem assessment and management that takes into account conservation and societal objectives. Ecosystem models…

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Improving the Approval Processes for Activities Affecting the Marine Environment: Lessons from the Relationship of Social License and Free, Prior, Informed Consent

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Project outline and objectives: Conflicts over activities in the marine environment are increasing.  As recent controversies like the “super trawler,” and marine aquaculture in Macquarie Harbour and Okehampton Bay suggest, marine activities involve impacts on common pool environmental resources. They often involve fundamental conflicts between private and public interest values.…

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Effectiveness of investments in litter abatement strategies (facilities, policies and outreach) in reducing input of debris into the environment

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Project Outline and Objectives: As plastic production increases globally we are, in turn, seeing a rise of litter lost into the marine environment. To combat this issue, numerous abatement strategies have been employed that target reducing litter from local sources. However, these strategies are under-researched in Australia and internationally. Given…

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Operationalising the precautionary principle in developing countries’ fisheries management: the case for differentiation

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Project outline and objectives Fishing contributes significantly to the livelihood of coastal communities in many developing countries, through subsistence, artisanal and commercial operations. Over-exploitation of fisheries resources is a major challenge in many of these countries, a consequence of economic imperatives and non-existent or inadequate regulation and enforcement of fishing…

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‘Wave to Plate’: establishing a market for Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural fisheries

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Project outline and objectives:  The focus of this project is on Indigenous business development opportunities and impediments in the fishing and seafood industry. This is a two year project (2017-2019) which is majority funded by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC). This project also has funding from the Department of…

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Participation and political representation: A critique of stakeholder engagement in coastal governance

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Project outline and objectives: Community or public participation has become a central tenet in the practice and theory of integrated coastal zone management (ICZM). In practice, however, participation is proving complex and is not necessarily living up to the promises of the ICZM literature.  In coastal governance, researchers and policy…

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Social license of marine systems: Improving community knowledge and engagement in local marine industries using citizen science

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Project outline and objectives: Our oceans are threatened by climate change, over-fishing and a growing list of other impacts. As a result, there is an urgent need for sustainable ocean management. Whilst marine conservation initiatives have increased over recent years, ocean management is slow to involve communities in its development. We use the term…

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