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Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master subtitle style Are we there yet? Perspective from the back seat drivers Ian Cresswell Assistant Secretary Marine and Biodiversity Division
Government drivers EPBC Act 1999 Assessments and Marine Bioregional Planning 2006 Ministerial Direction to AFMA (Cwlth fisheries) Initiatives in support of EBFM – reduction in by-catch, independent monitoring, spatial management. Harvest Strategy Policy FISHERIES LEGISLATION! (Cwlth and states)
Community drivers Increased awareness amongst general public of sustainable fisheries issues. Need to be accountable.
Industry drivers No ecosystem, no product Industry imperative to compete in/ create high value niche markets. Impact of co-management on EBFM?
Key environmental issues Sharks Crucial role in ecosystem Increasing number of shark fisheries By-catch Still too high. Protected species, overtake of quota species, low/ no commercial value species. Overfishing
Challenges Lack of resources Weve heard the calls that EBFM is too expensive. BUT weve also heard the call that fisheries need to be sustainable. CAN WE AFFORD NOT TO DO IT? Cost of doing business.
Challenges cont. Data Data validation Not enough data Tools Success at quantifying risks. Do we have satisfactory risk management tools yet?
Challenges cont. Governance Can existing arrangements (eg OCS) handle ecosystem based fisheries management? DEWHA are not fisheries managers!
Next steps Which fisheries can REALLY be sustainable? Some fisheries are unprofitable, but have high impact on the ecosystem.
Next steps cont. What would happen to EBFM under deregulated fisheries management?