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Co-Managing ‘Troubled Waters’: The Arafura and Timor Seas

Wasson, M. (2006). Co-Managing ‘Troubled Waters’: The Arafura and Timor Seas. In: South, G. Robin and Boese, Constantin Pacem in Maribus XXXI Conference, Townsville, 31 October – 3 November 2005.

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Author Wasson, M.
Title Co-Managing ‘Troubled Waters’: The Arafura and Timor Seas
Conference Name Pacem in Maribus XXXI Conference
Conference Location Townsville
Conference Dates 31 October – 3 November 2005
Conference Publication Title Building Bridges to Integrated Oceans Governance: Linking Ocean Science, Engineering, Science and Policy
Editor South, G. Robin
Boese, Constantin
Place of Publication Townsville, Qld, Australia
Publisher International Ocean Institute Regional Operational Centre for Australia & the Western Pacific
Publication Year 2006
ISBN 978-92-95054-00-4   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 431
End Page 446
Total Pages 16
HERDC Category E4 - Conference Publication - Edited volume of conference proceedings (internal)
Abstract In 2002, against a background of geopolitical turbulence, scientists and stakeholders from the littoral nations of Indonesia, East Timor and Australia decided that a regional collaborative research Forum was essential, if the dwindling living resources of the semienclosed Arafura and Timor Seas were to be sustained. By December 2004, it became apparent that co‐management at the Intergovernmental level was also essential to sustain the biota and habitats of the shared Seas. Despite the requirement under Part IX of UNCLOS, enjoining littoral nations to cooperatively manage semi‐enclosed seas, the Australian Government was initially reluctant. However, the extent of destruction to stocks and marine habitats by a growing armada of illegal fishing trawlers in the Seas prompted Intergovernmental acceptance of a need for co‐management. The resulting Track 1 and Track 2 institutional arrangements for marine resource management may prove a model for other shared seas, confronted with the global problems of climate change and illegal fishing.
Keyword Arafura & Timor Seas Experts Forum (ATSEF)
Climate change
Collaborative marine management institutions
Illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing
Marine, coastal and wetlands systems dynamics
Semi-enclosed seas
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