Oceans Governance and Maritime Strategy

By David Wilson; Dick Sherwood | Go to book overview

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Oceans policy, pollution,
dumping and maritime
accidents
John Gillies and Conall O'Connell
The world, and Australia in particular, is entering an ocean era which is based on the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The concept of the EEZ and other marine jurisdictional zones has arisen from the ongoing development of an oceans governance system which is aimed at bringing order to the management of the world's oceans and the resources that are contained within them.Domestically, the development of public policy and the role of the Commonwealth in establishing the parameters for the successful and sustainable use of our oceans' resources has become an important component.The world's system of oceans governance is based largely on international conventions and their associated legal and management regimes. Broadly, the principal functions of international conventions and their regimes are to:
put in place uniformity and certainty of law;
promote justice between interested parties by establishing, in a clear and fair manner, rights and responsibilities for all parties; and
provide a framework for international cooperation.

Australia is a party to many bilateral and multilateral international treaties and instruments which influence the use and management of our oceans, including those dealing with shipping, protection of the marine environment, dumping, fishing, customs, maritime crime, enforcement and maritime boundaries.

Australia has also supported certain declarations in order to

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