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The Objectives of Coastal and Marine Studies

Source: Adapted from Our Sea, Our Future: Major Findings of the State of the Marine Environment Report for Australia, Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, Canberra, 1995, pp. 34-37

To develop:

  • an awareness, appreciation and understanding of the marine environment and the need for its conservation;
  • environmentally responsible attitudes;
  • a commitment to work for change that would promote the conservation of the coastal and marine environment;
  • a wide range of skills and behaviours for successfully tackling coastal environmental problems;
  • the ability to actively contribute to planning and management processes; and
  • a high level of commitment to future management programs.

The sustainability of marine and coastal systems depends on 'Australians knowing about the marine environment, recognising threats to it, wanting to care for it, and learning the skills to look after it.'