How important is the coast? A survey of coastal objectives in an Australian regional city

Type Article
Date 2016-09
Language English
Author(s) Dutra Leo X. C.1, 2, Dichmont Catherine M.1, Van Putten Ingrid E.3, Thebaud OlivierORCID1, 4, Deng Roy A.1, Pascual Ricardo1, Owens Randall5, Jebreen Eddie6, Thompson Carolyn7, Warne M. St J.8, 12, Quinn R.6, Bennett J.9, Read M.5, Wachenfeld D.5, Collier Catherine10, Waycott Michelle11, Davies J.6, Garland A.6, Dunning M.6, Playford J.8
Affiliation(s) 1 : CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere, Queensland Biosci Precinct, 306 Carmody Rd, St Lucia, Qld 4067, Australia.
2 : Univ South Pacific, Sch Marine Studies, Fac Sci Technol & Environm, Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji.
3 : CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere, GPO Box 1538, Hobart, Tas 7001, Australia.
4 : IFREMER, UMR 6308, AMURE, Unite Econ Maritime, BP 70, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
5 : Great Barrier Reef Marine Pk Author, 2-68 Flinders St,POB 1379, Townsville, Qld 4810, Australia.
6 : Queensland Dept Agr Fisheries & Forestry, Primary Ind Bldg,80 Ann St, Brisbane, Qld 4001, Australia.
7 : Great Barrier Reef Marine Pk Author, 43 River St, Mackay, Qld 4740, Australia.
8 : Queensland Dept Sci Informat Technol & Innovat, Ecosci Precinct, 41 Boggo Rd, Dutton Pk, Qld 4102, Australia.
9 : Queensland Dept Environm & Heritage Protect, 400 George St, Brisbane, Qld 4000, Australia.
10 : James Cook Univ, Trop Water & Aquat Ecosyst Res TropWATER, 14-88 Smithfield Dve, Cairns, Qld 4870, Australia.
11 : Univ Adelaide, Ecol & Evolutionary Biol, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia.
12 : Coventry Univ, Ctr Agroecol Water & Resilience, Coventry CV1 5FB, W Midlands, England.
Source Marine Policy (0308-597X) (Elsevier Sci Ltd), 2016-09 , Vol. 71 , P. 229-241
DOI 10.1016/j.marpol.2016.05.020
WOS© Times Cited 4
Keyword(s) Great Barrier Reef, Knowledge elicitation, Management prioritisation, Coastal zone management
Abstract Defining goals and objectives is a critical component of adaptive management of natural resources because they provide the basis on which management strategies can be designed and evaluated. The aims of this study are: (i) to apply and test a collaborative method to elicit goals and objectives for inshore fisheries and biodiversity in the coastal zone of a regional city in Australia; (ii) to understand the relative importance of management objectives for different community members and stakeholders; and (iii) to understand how diverse perceptions about the importance of management objectives can be used to support multiple-use management in Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef. Management goals and objectives were elicited and weighted using the following steps: (i) literature review of management objectives, (ii) development of a hierarchy tree of objectives, and (iii) ranking of management objectives using survey methods. The overarching goals identified by the community group were to: (1) protect and restore inshore environmental assets; (2) improve governance systems; and (3) improve regional (socio-economic) well-being. Interestingly, these goals differ slightly from the usual triple-bottom line objectives (environmental, social and economic) often found in the literature. The objectives were ranked using the Analytical Hierarchical Process, where a total of 141 respondents from industry, government agencies, and community from across Queensland State undertook the survey. The environment goal received the highest scores, followed by governance and lastly well-being. The approach to elicit and rank goals and objectives developed in this study can be used to effectively support coastal resource management by providing opportunities for local communities to participate in the setting of regional objectives
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Dutra Leo X. C., Dichmont Catherine M., Van Putten Ingrid E., Thebaud Olivier, Deng Roy A., Pascual Ricardo, Owens Randall, Jebreen Eddie, Thompson Carolyn, Warne M. St J., Quinn R., Bennett J., Read M., Wachenfeld D., Collier Catherine, Waycott Michelle, Davies J., Garland A., Dunning M., Playford J. (2016). How important is the coast? A survey of coastal objectives in an Australian regional city. Marine Policy, 71, 229-241. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :