Reform of the Oceans Management System: The Breaking Wave (Summary Report)
By Greg Severinsen, Raewyn Peart, Bella Rollinson, Tracey Turner and Phoebe Parson
Over the past 18 months, the Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has been conducting a first principles policy project looking at the future of our oceans management system. The purpose of the work is to encourage and support a wide-ranging conversation in advance of government reform efforts, and to present a number of ways in which the country could do things differently in the future. We are deliberately not making recommendations (we anticipate a phase 2 of the project in which we do that). For now, all options are on the table for discussion, be they a collection of small-scale changes or a staggered programme of revolutionary reform.
This paper is a summary of the project’s final report and refers extensively to its more detailed analysis. We encourage readers to delve into that more comprehensive discussion, and throughout this summary report we provide endnotes that identify the places where further explanation can be found in the main report.