Marine ecology


How we can protect 30% of our oceans by 2030
4 Apr 2019

This report considers how to mitigate damage caused by the growing exploitation of the planet's high seas, where marine life drives the ocean's 'biological pump'. It tests the feasibility of protecting 30% of the world's oceans through the creation of ocean sanctuaries.


2 Apr 2019

This guide shows how integrated governance can combine the roles of national governments, local communities, and market schemes to enhance the effectiveness of marine protected areas.

Case study

2 Apr 2019

This technical appendix provides a compendium of the 34 case study summaries that form the evidence base for the main volume: UN Environment (2019) Enabling Effective and Equitable Marine Protected Areas – guidance on combining governance approaches. These summaries are based on the ‘Marine Protected...

Discussion paper

4 Feb 2019

This discussion paper has been released in an attempt to ensure the policy settings that underpin commercial fishing activities in New Zealand are fit for purpose.


20 Dec 2018

Fisheries New Zealand has collaborated with iwi, stakeholders and a blue cod expert group to develop and finalise the National Blue Cod strategy. The overarching aim of the strategy is to work together to deliver abundant and sustainable blue cod fisheries for all.

Briefing paper

18 Dec 2018

This brief contains an overview of Australia’s commercial fisheries and aquaculture industries and six key aspects of Australian commercial fisheries and aquaculture including: industry structure, trends in production, trade, consumption, sustainability and innovation.


5 Dec 2018

This report finds that the Tai Timu Tai Pari project’s success will ultimately depend on how the marine spatial plan is used and whether its recommendations are incorporated into local and central government’s decision-making.


The issue of death by plastic in Commonwealth Marine Areas and The Great Barrier Reef
20 Nov 2018

Plastic pollution, both land-based and in our oceans, is one of the most significant environmental challenges the world faces. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has even called it a critical problem, comparable to climate change.


Exposure of seabed assemblages to trawling and inclusion in closures and reserves
19 Nov 2018

This project aimed to quantify the overlap of mapped seabed assemblages with trawl footprints, and with areas of spatial management that prohibit trawling, by building on previously collated data and assemblage mapping — as well as data for State and Commonwealth demersal trawling effort, fishery...


16 Nov 2018

This report provides a synthesis of management arrangements, catch and sustainability of sharks across Australia. This report is a commitment under the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation's International Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks and Australia's National Plan of Action...


28 Sep 2018

This report provides an independent assessment of the biological status of fish stocks and the economic status of fisheries managed, or jointly managed, by the Australian government (Commonwealth fisheries). It summarises the performance of these fisheries in 2017 and over time, against the requirements of...


17 Sep 2018

The update was produced in response to World Heritage Committee Decision 41 COM7 (Krakow/UNESCO, 2017) to make available the most current knowledge regarding the impacts of climate change on World Heritage properties.

Annual Report

CROP Heads Annual Report to the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders September 2018
1 Sep 2018

CROP agencies have been working collectively to deliver on Forum Leaders’ decisions and commitments, in support of the vision and objectives of the Framework for Pacific Regionalism. Overarching this collective approach has been the Blue Pacific narrative which has been used in policy papers, communications,...


16 Aug 2018

The vision for the NSW marine estate is a healthy coast and sea, managed for the greatest wellbeing of the community now and into the future. This strategy document details how the Marine Estate Management Authority will achieve this vision over the next ten years....

Discussion paper

16 Aug 2018

This discussion paper describes how we propose to manage the priority threats that impact the Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion. The proposal includes establishing a marine park which will aim to enhance the conservation of marine biodiversity and maximise environmental, social, cultural and economic benefits to...


20 Jul 2018

This updated reef plan, released by the Australian and Queensland governments, is the overarching framework for protecting and managing the Great Barrier Reef until 2050.


4 Jul 2018

The 2018 edition of the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture emphasizes the sector’s role in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, and measurement of progress towards these goals.


27 Jun 2018

This plan incorporates new actions needed to abate the listed key threatening process, particularly actions to develop understanding about microplastic impacts and the potential role of new technologies in waste management.


26 Jun 2018

This follow-up audit examines whether departments have effectively implemented the recommendations made in Managing water quality in Great Barrier Reef catchments.


10 May 2018

Like reefs all over the world, the Great Barrier Reef is under pressure. A big challenge demands a big response and, during the International Year of the Reef 2018, the Australian government is investing an additional half a billion dollars in its health and resilience....



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