‘Bright spots’ for estuary management in temperate Southern Australia

Koss, Rebecca, Wescott, Geoff, Fitzsimons, James and Hale, Lynne 2015, ‘Bright spots’ for estuary management in temperate Southern Australia, Australian journal of maritime & ocean affairs, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 94-107, doi: 10.1080/18366503.2015.1014014.

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Title ‘Bright spots’ for estuary management in temperate Southern Australia
Author(s) Koss, Rebecca
Wescott, GeoffORCID iD for Wescott, Geoff orcid.org/0000-0002-9392-3319
Fitzsimons, JamesORCID iD for Fitzsimons, James orcid.org/0000-0003-4277-8040
Hale, Lynne
Journal name Australian journal of maritime & ocean affairs
Volume number 7
Issue number 1
Start page 94
End page 107
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1836-6503
Summary Estuaries are a transition zone for fresh and saline water and sediments, providing a range of ecosystem services for the local population, infrastructure and industries located in their environs. They are also governance transition zones where jurisdictions often overlap and focused attention is often lacking. As Australia’s population continues to expand, particularly in the south, estuaries are increasingly becoming popular locations for settlement due to their picturesque surrounds and accessibility for water-based activities. This results in expanding human and industry activities and pressures along estuaries and adjacent coastal settings impacting ecosystem service delivery. The absence of dedicated national and state estuary legislation in addition to decades of poor land and waterway management decisions paints a ‘doom and gloom’ picture for temperate southern Australian estuaries. Against this backdrop, there are number of estuary ‘bright spots’ where natural resource management bodies in strong partnership with local actors are moving forward in overcoming challenges to estuary conservation. Using case studies, this paper describes the key elements for effective estuary management that can lead to improved estuary health.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/18366503.2015.1014014
Field of Research 1601 Anthropology
1606 Political Science
1801 Law
050205 Environmental Management
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
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