Case for an Oceans Act - EDO NSW

More than just fish and ships - the case for an Oceans Act

Integrated oceans management in Australia.

More than just fish and ships - the case for an Oceans Act

September 2018

This report, written by EDO NSW for HSI Australia, sets out a vision for nationally integrated marine management, with strong national, regional and global leadership through a new Oceans Authority and clear framework legislation – an Oceans Act.

The pathway set out in this report will enable us to overcome the barriers that have prevented us from realising the vision of integrated oceans management until now. These barriers include our failure to implement policy through clear laws, our domestic jurisdictional wrangling and lines on maps that are about historical negotiations rather than ecological systems, the failure to actively engage state and local governments in national marine policy, and the lack of coordination between different ocean users and sectors both within and beyond national jurisdiction.