The first review of Tasmania’s main marine law, the Living Marine Resource Management Act 1995, is currently underway.
A Marine Roundtable: Towards a sustainable management framework for Tasmania, hosted by the Australia Institute, was held on Monday 17 October 2022, in Hobart. The meeting was attended by representatives from Tasmanian Aboriginal communities, including the Tasmanian Regional Aboriginal Communities Alliance (TRACA), Victorian and Tasmanian governments, CSIRO, IMAS, UTAS, the Centre for Marine Socioecology, Tasmanian Rock Lobster Fishers Association, NRM South, Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee, Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Ocean Decade Australia, and the community.
The purpose of the Roundtable was to discuss building the right structure for managing activities in Tasmania’s coastal waters, including legal frameworks and policies to fundamentally improve the way we use and care for our marine life. Discussion focused on priorities for improving legislation, visions for best practice marine governance, mechanisms for avoiding and resolving conflict, and engaging the marine community.
This communique summarises the discussion.