Protecting Marine Ecosystems:

This page contains (i) documents and links of particular importance, and (ii) Australian documents which are otherwise difficult to locate.  Most have a science applied to ecosystem protection emphasis.


Scientists' international action:
0.1  Selected marine scientists.
0.2  MCBI consensus statement "troubled waters" 1998 (1605 signatures)
0.3  ICRS statement on destructive fishing practices  2000.
0.4  AAAS consensus statement on marine protected areas 2001.
0.5  Reykjavik declaration on responsible fisheries in the marine environment 2001.
0.6  AMSA statement on marine protected areas 2002.
0.7  Townsville Declaration on coral reef research and management 2002.
0.8  Coos Bay Statement of Concern to the UNGA on bottom trawling 2003.
0.9  Protect the pacific leatherback: letter to the United Nations, November 2004.
0.10  Protect deep sea corals: scientist's consensus statement 2004.
0.11  ICES scientific Advisory Committee on Fishery Management on high seas fishing 2004.
0.12  Royal Society report on ocean acidification  June 2005.
0.13  Pew Marine Conservation Fellows' fisheries conservation statement 2005.
0.14  Pew Marine Conservation Fellows' marine protected areas statement 2005.
0.15  International Coral Reef Initiative Statement to the UN on marine debris 2005.
0.16  Letter to the British Government  recommending a UNGA moratorium on bottom trawling 2005.
0.17  US scientists' consensus statement: ecologically-based management 2005
        Anniversary report
0.18  Letters to the Australian Government on banning deep sea bottom trawling 2005, 2006.
0.19  AMSA-ACRS National consensus statement on marine protected areas  2006.
0.20  Letter to the Pacific Fishery Management Council, USA, on drift-gill netting, longlining 2006
0.21  EIANZ  Code of ethics (cited 2008, dated 1989).
0.22  Union of Concerned Scientists (USA) Policy statement on promoting scientific integrity 2008.
0.23  Scientists' consensus letter: Tasmanian MPA selection process 2008.
0.24  Monaco Declaration on Ocean acidification  October 2008.
0.25  AMSA Position statement on marine protected areas (2008). 
0.26  The more detailed AMSA Position paper on marine protected areas 2008.
0.27  Azores scientific criteria - identifying significant open ocean and deep sea areas 2008.
0.28  Scientists' consensus statement: Scientific principles for design of MPAs in Australia: 2009. 
0.29  Coral reef crisis: (acidification & climate change) Royal Society Working Group statement 2009.
0.30  IAP statement on Ocean acidification and climate changePress release.  June 2009.
0.31  Australia's Biodiversity Conservation Strategy: a scientists' letter of concern 2009. Reply p1 p2
0.32  Marine protected areas in South Australia: scientists' consensus statement 2009.
0.33  American scientists - letter to US senators on climate change. October 2009.
0.34  IAP statement on tropical forests and climate change;  December 2009.
0.35  Endocrine-disrupting chemicals: an Endocrine Society scientific statement  2009.
0.36  National Academy of Sciences 2010: Climate change and the integrity of science.
0.37  Australian scientists: Strong science backs marine protected areas, 2010.  Letter  PressRelease.
0.38  Australian scientists: Proposed South West  marine reserves fail scientific criteria, 2011.
0.39  Australian scientists: Proposed protection for Coral Sea is not enough, 2012.
0.40  Australian scientists: WA shark control drum lines expert submission 2014.
0.41  AU Commonweath MPA Review: Prof Hugh Possingham submission. 2015
0.42  Safeguarding Australia's Marine Parks Networks (1500 signatories)  2017
0.43  Bioscience: 20171205: scientists warn of climate emergency. 2017
0.44  Bradshaw et al. Underestimating the challenges of avoiding a ghastly future. FrontConsvScience 2021
0.45  IUCN Nature's future, our future;  2021

Marine Links:
Australian marine organisations
International marine organisations.

1. Ocean governance:
Australian Fisheries management: opportunities for reform. J Nevill 2012.
Presentation to the Society for Conservation Biology, Auckland NZ 2011 Powerpoint file
1.9 Jonathan Nevill (2010) Overfishing under regulation: the application of the precautionary
      principle and the ecosystem approach in Australian fisheries management. VDM Verlag,
      Saarbrucken, 403 pages. OverviewPDF   Flyer  Summary.   Publisher website.
1.8 Overfishing, uncertainty and ocean governance. A PhD thesis 2009.
      1.8a  The precautionary and ecosystem approaches in Australian fisheries: Powerpoint 2010.
Principles of ocean management;  Jon Nevill  2004  (html).
1.5 International agreements and initiatives: summary (Html); 1.6 more detail (MSWord)
1.4 International agreements: IISD reports from key meetings. (link)
1.3 Australian Legal Information Institute (international treaties, Australian legislation)  EcoLex
1.2 Reform overdue for ocean governance frameworks Jon Nevill 2006 (MSWord)
1.1 Shifting baselines, marine reserves, and Leopold's biotic ethic;  James Bohnsack 2003 (pdf).

2. Important Australian documents: (roughly chronological order)

2.36 Edgar, Ward and Stuart-Smith (2019) Weaknesses in stock assessment modelling and 
       management practices affect fisheries sustainability
       Aquatic Conserv: Mar Freshw Ecosyst. 2019;1-7.
2.35 Edgar, Ward and Stuart-Smith (2018) Rapid declines across Australian fishery stocks indicate global
       sustainability targets will not be achieved without an expanded network of 'no-fishing' reserves
       Aquatic Conserv: Mar Freshw Ecosyst. 2018;1-14.
2.34a The 2012 Commonwealth inquiry into the Fisheries Management Act 1991
The need for fundamental reform of fisheries management; Jon Nevill 25 Sept 2012.
2.34b  Uncertainty and objectivity in fisheries management: comment by Craig Johnson 2012.
2.34c  The science behind the supertrawler quota. Jon Sumby 2012.
2.33 South Australian Legislative Council Select  Committee on Marine Parks in South Australia:
        Submission to the Select Committee from Jon Nevill (2011): As a PDF.
2.32 Western Australian Government Camden Sound Marine Park Indicative Management Plan
        2010: Submission to the WA Government from Jon Nevill.
2.31 Notes on marine protected areas from Prof Corey Bradshaw, 2010.
2.30 Policy implementation failure in Australian marine resource management. 2009  PPT, transcript.
2.29 Coral reef crisis;  Charlie Veron;  Australian Broadcasting Commission 2009.
2.28 A plea of the Great Barrier Reef;  Charlie Veron;  ABC broadcast transcript 2008.
2.27 Book review: Veron (2008) A reef in time: the Great Barrier Reef from beginning to end.
2.26 Recreational gill nets in Tasmania - an environmental disaster. Jon Bryan 2008. MS Word 3pp.
2.25 Benchmarking EBFM, precaution and adaptive management:
2.25a  South Australia's abalone fishery2.25b  CCAMLR krill fishery .
2.25c  WA western rock lobster fishery 2.25d  Northern prawn trawl fishery
2.25e   Orange roughy fishery
2.24 Benchmarks for precautionary fisheries management. 2008 Jon Nevill. MS Word. 9pp.
2.23 Benchmarks for ecosystem-based fisheries management. 2008 J.Nevill MS Word 5pp.
2.22 Benchmarks for adaptive management in fisheries. 2008 Jon Nevill, PDF, 4pp.
2.21 Uncertainty in fisheries management: sources and consequences. 2008  Jon Nevill, 15pp.
2.20 The evolution of marine fisheries paradigms Jon Nevill, 2008, MS Word 14 pages.
2.19 Destructive fishing: Emily Shaw: Sequential depletion of fishery resources  2008 Word doc.
2.18 Destructive fishing practices: Definitions,   J.Nevill,  2007.
2.17 Risk assessment and precautionary reference points  Jon Nevill, 2006  MS Word.
2.16 Impacts of deep sea bottom trawling: Draft 25-p background paper;  2006;   Summary
                                                       PowerPoints: Gianni & Nevill 2006: 15 MB, Nevill 2007 5MB
                                                       Supporting material:  Palau draft resolution 2006. Mossop2007
2.15 Threats to marine biodiversity  Threats to marine ecosystems   Jon Nevill 2006 updated 2008 (MS Word).

Strengths and weaknesses of European Union marine protection programmes   Nevill 2006 ppt
2.13 CCAMLR and ecosystem based management;   Jon Nevill 2006, MS Word, 5pp.
2.12 The Australian Government's assessment of the South Australian abalone fishery.  Nevill  2005.
Environmental ethics and marine protected areas   Jon Nevill 2005, MS Word.
2.10 How large should marine protected area networks be?   Jon Nevill, 2007, MS Word.
2.9 The impact of spearfishing   Jon Nevill,  2005,  html file introducing a MS Word, 31pp. ppt
2.8 The precautionary principle in Australian marine management   Jon Nevill 2005, MS Word.
2.7 Marine protected areas: Botsford et al. 2003: principles for the design of marine reserves.
2.6 Marine protected area management principles, IUCN 2000. Pamphlet, pdf.
2.4 Top-down and bottom-up management approaches: a paper arguing for a blend of both html 04
Australia's Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries: a critique.
2.2 Australian beach shark meshing program in need of urgent review  John Paxton 2003 - (html).
2.1 The development of Australia's protected area network  Jon Nevill 2002 (MS Word).
2.0 Nevill and Lawrence (1985) Conservation issues in the Shark Bay region


Library:  key references   fisheries glossary

Archives: Archives: material previously on display on this page.



Who hears the fishes when they cry? It will not be forgotten by some memory that we were contemporaries.  Henry David Thoreau, 1849.

We must place biodiversity conservation at the center of ocean governance.
Sylvia Earle & Dan Laffoley, 2006.