Big, Bold and Blue

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Documents the progress across Australia's marine waters in developing the marine protected area system, the challenges faced and the lessons learnt.

The world’s oceans cover about 70% of our planet. To safeguard the delicate ecological and environmental functions of the oceans and their remarkable biodiversity, networks of marine protected areas are being created. In some of these areas, human activity is restricted to non-exploitative activities and in others it is managed in a sustainable way. Australia is at the forefront of marine conservation, with one of the largest systems of marine protected areas in the world. + Full description

Big, Bold and Blue: Lessons from Australia’s Marine Protected Areas captures Australia’s experience, sharing important lessons from the Great Barrier Reef and many other extraordinary marine protected areas. It presents real-world examples, leading academic research, perspectives on government policy, and information from indigenous sea country management, non-governmental organisations, and commercial and recreational fishing sectors. The lessons learnt during the rapid expansion of Australia’s marine protected areas, both positive and negative, will aid and advise other nations in their own marine conservation efforts.

The book is ideal reading for marine planners and managers across the globe; academic institutions where research on marine environments occur; government agencies across the world implementing and creating policy around MPA development; non-government organisations involved in lobbying for MPA expansion; and fisheries agencies and industry stakeholders.

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Reviews

"This impressive book... provides a well-documented, comprehensive and very useful account of the state of play with MPA creation in Australia. It incorporates a wide range of perspectives and relevant issues. It distills many decades of experience over a variety of government jurisdictions. It is beautifully presented and will be a welcome addition to the libraries of many with an interest in marine protection and ocean health more generally."
Raewyn Peart, Sciblogs (blog), 4 October 2016

Details

Paperback | July 2016 | $ 89.95
ISBN: 9781486301942 | 432 pages | 245 x 170 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Colour photographs, Illustrations, Maps

ePDF | July 2016
ISBN: 9781486301959
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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ePUB | July 2016
ISBN: 9781486301966
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Features

  • Authors explain and explore their experience in MPA development, allowing a reader to learn from the practitioner's real world experience.
  • Synthesis and overview chapters bring together some of these lessons from the case studies of practitioners and highlight the major successes and failures of various approaches.

Contents

Foreword (Tim Winton)
Foreword (Inger Andersen IUCN Director General, and Dan Laffoley, Chair of Marine, World Commission on Protected Areas of IUCN)
Acknowledgements
List of contributors

Part 1. Setting the international and national scene
Part 2. Australia’s marine protected area systems
Part 3. Key aspects of Australian marine protected areas
Part 4. Differing perspectives on Australian marine protected areas
Part 5. Synthesis
Index

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Authors

James Fitzsimons is Director of Conservation with The Nature Conservancy’s Australia Program where he oversees the planning, policy and science of large-scale conservation initiatives. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Deakin University. He has previously worked for government and non-government organisations in conservation and protected area policy and has published widely in these fields.

Geoff Wescott is Associate Professor of Environment at Deakin University’s Melbourne Campus where he teaches and researches marine and coastal policy. He is the President of the Australian Coastal Society, a member of the Victorian Environment Assessment Council, a Director of Zoos Victoria and Chair of the Expert Panel preparing a new Marine and Coastal Act for Victoria. He is a previous Deputy Chair of Parks Victoria and member of the National Oceans Advisory Group. He has published over 170 books, chapters, technical papers, reports and popular articles.

Contributors: Daniel Beaver, Stuart Blanch, Simon Boag, Pepe Clarke, Peter Cochrane, Jon Day, Karen Edyvane, Lyn Goldsworthy, Caroline Hoisington, Vera Hughes, Miya Isherwood, Richard Kenchington, Lorne Kriwoken, Gilly Llewellyn, Adrian Meder, Peter Ogilvie, Paul Sheridan, Chris Smyth, Dermot Smyth, Mark Spalding, Romola R. Stewart, Erika J. Techera, Chris Thomas, Trevor J. Ward, Barry Wilson, Lynne Zeitlin Hale and Bob Zuur.