Sharing our oceans fairly

11. Sharing our Oceans Fairly

Improving international relations around ocean issues


The main challenge to governing ocean resources fairly is understanding international relations around ocean issues, the incentives to cooperate, and approaches to improve cooperation and achieve consensus. We aim to discuss the current and future international relations around ocean issues and also to include the concept of fairness in how we are sharing the ocean resources. The challenge uses the example of marine protected areas to highlight key issues in moving from “a business as usual” to “sustainable 2030” scenarios This paper will discuss/outline the strategies employed in governing the ocean resources and whether this is a fair system and explore the implementation or non-implementation of Marine Protected Areas as a way to conserve and sustainably manage the future ocean resources at state level, regional and global level. The pathway to achieving a sustainable future – our preferred 2030 scenario – builds on and extends the ‘business as usual’ practices. Current policy and regulatory settings provide the base of a “Sustainable 2030”; the Law of the Sea Convention, for example , The developing legally binding Instrument to address marine biodiversity conservation in areas beyond national jurisdiction is likely to further support such obligations.


Lead Investigators

Danielle Smith

School of Law, University of Tasmania / CMS


Marcus Haward

Prof Marcus Haward

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies / CMS


Meet our fellow team members who contribute to the success of this project.

Jeff McGee

School of Law / Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies / CMS

Joanna Vince

School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania / CMS
Graham Wood

Graham Wood

School of Humanities, UTAS / CMS
Angela Abolhassani

Angela Abolhassani

School of Law, University of Tasmania / CMS

Piers Dunstan

CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

Geoff Syme


Larelle Bossi

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies / CMS

Rowan Trebilco

CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere / Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies / CMS
Dugald Tinch

Dugald Tinch

Tasmanian School of Business and Economics / CMS

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