Posted on 29 July 2019

Local and international marine governance showcased at conference

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Jim Sinner and Marc Tadaki (Cawthron Institute) convened a session at the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) Conference held in Tasmania on 13 July.


The session, All at Sea? Established and emerging concepts and practices in marine governance, featured presentations on Sustainable Seas research from:

  • Karen Fisher: Indigenous and scientific knowledge to manage Aotearoa New Zealand’s marine estate. 
  • Alison Greenaway: Narratives enabling ecosystem-based management: reworking public conversations. 
  • Jim Sinner: Who grants a social licence? A study of NZ aquaculture.
  • Marc Tadaki: On the promise and impossibility of a ‘best’ valuation framework for marine management. 

Challenge researchers also presented at other sessions focused on regional economic development and legal geographies including:

  • Lara Taylor: Enabling marine ecosystem-based management: Is New Zealand’s legal framework up to the task?
  • Nick Lewis: Financing a blue economy regional rent platform in Kaikōura, New Zealand.

Slides for some presentations will be available on the IAG conference website, and most presentations are being developed into formal research publications.

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