14 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:
Oceans policy, pollution,
dumping and maritime
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|• ||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
|• ||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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Book title: Oceans Governance and Maritime Strategy.
Contributors: David Wilson - Editor, Dick Sherwood - Editor.
Publisher: Allen & Unwin.
Place of publication: St. Leonards, N.S.W..
Publication year: 2000.
Page number: 166.
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