Australian Oceans Policy

Subject: Australian Oceans Policy
From: "Martin O'Brien"<>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 09:41:53 +1000
Stuart Daspher asks about the recently released Commonwealth publication

   Australia's Ocean Policy: Report of the Ministerial Advisory Group on
                         Oceans Policy, March 1998

This and other related publications are available from Environmant
Australia's Community Information Unit on 1800 803 772.
The issues paper and advisory group report are also avaialble at :


A quick look through my copy of the report doesn't mention seabirds as
such, however, the following is extracted from the issues paper:

s5.3.2   Marine Biological Diversity and Ecosystem Processes
- identify vulnerable species, habitats and biological communities, and
their occurrence, distribution and conservation requirements.

This would logically include at least "vulnerable" seabirds such as several
albatross species as well as a number of marine mammals (whales).  Whether
this will include all relevant species listed under the Endangered Species
Protection Act 1992 I do not know.

Hopefully someone from Environment Australia will be able to help.  I
encourage all "seabird people" to obtain a copy of the report or check it
out at the website.  This may be your opportunity to have input into
policies related to seabird conservation.

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer
Scientific Advisory Committee
Threatened Species Program
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
East Melbourne,  3002

tel: +61 3 9412 4567
fax: +61 3 9412 4586

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