This book is a comprehensive guide to Australian coastal and marine law. Since the landmark enactment of the Seas and Submerged Lands Act 1973 (Cth), and the subsequent High Court decision in NSW v Commonwealth, there have been rapid developments in Australian coastal and marine law and policy. The Offshore Constitutional Settlement paved the way for offshore management between the Commonwealth, States and the Northern Territory, and from this foundation a raft of new environmental laws were adopted in the 1980s and 1990s, often promoted by international developments such as the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, or through new marine pollution conventions adopted by the International Maritime Organisation.
The book particularly reflects upon how Australian law regulates and manages a range of environmental issues which arise in the coastal zone and the marine environment. The Australian maritime domain is the focus of analysis, including all areas within State and Territorial jurisdiction, and areas within Commonwealth control and regulation. Activities that are subject to specific consideration include the continental shelf, fishing, indigenous rights, marine parks, marine pollution, ports and harbours, and shipping.
Foreword - Ivan Shearer AM Australia's Coastal and Marine Environment Donald R Rothwell and Rachel Baird The International Legal Framework Donald R Rothwell The National Legal Framework Rachel Baird Commonwealth and State Marine Environmental Management Matthew Osborne The Maritime Boundaries of Australia Andrew Serdy Fisheries Management Rachel Baird The Continental Shelf Tim Stephens Ports and Harbours Donald R Rothwell Shipping: Craig Forrest Marine Pollution and Environmental Law Stathis Palassis Marine Parks and Reserves Brad Jessup and Tim Power Native Title in Coastal and Marine Waters Samantha Hepburn Maritime Regulation and Enforcement Cameron Moore Environmental Integration and Coastal and Marine Law Donald R Rothwell