A review of reports on optimal Australian dugong populaltions [sic] and proposed action/conservation plans : an economic perspective.

Tisdell, C. A. (Clement Allan) (1997). A review of reports on optimal Australian dugong populaltions [sic] and proposed action/conservation plans : an economic perspective.. Working papers on economics, ecology and the environment. Working Paper No. 17, Department of Economics, University of Queensland.

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Author Tisdell, C. A. (Clement Allan)
Title A review of reports on optimal Australian dugong populaltions [sic] and proposed action/conservation plans : an economic perspective.
School, Department or Centre Department of Economics
Institution University of Queensland
Open Access Status Other
Series Working papers on economics, ecology and the environment.
Report Number Working Paper No. 17
Publication date 1997-12-10
Publisher Brisbane : Dept. of Economics, University of Queensland , 1997.
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Language eng
Subject 340000 Economics
Abstract/Summary From the above, it seems that not even the precautionary principle requires that hasty emergency action is needed to save dugongs from imminent extinction in Australian waters. Even the likelihood of local extinctions could be a subject for serious debate. Note also that proper attention to the precautionary principle requires an assessment of the weighted risks of alternative management options; something which has not been done by policy-makers in this case. A decision to create or extend DPAs and tighten controls on fishing effort is bound to have major economic repercussions regionally. Therefore, there is a need and time to assess economic factors, take these into account and gather further ecological evidence before coming to policy conclusions. This appears not to have been done in most cases by those making recommendations for management of dugong. While economics cannot be the sole arbiter on social decisions, it is nevertheless unreasonable to ignore it, especially given that many of the impacts of regulations are likely to have irreversible economic consequences. The economic issues should be explored further, more ecological research is needed and in particular research is needed to find cost- effective methods of maintaining populations of dugong. Hasty decision-making in this area seems both unwise and unnecessary.
Keyword Dugong
Endangered species
Queensland
Wildlife conservation
Economic aspects
Additional Notes ISSN 1327-8231

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