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Publications archive - International Activities and Commitments


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Australia's report to the UNCSD - 1996

Implementation of Agenda 21
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, 1996
ISBN 0 6422 4868 0

Case Study - Oceans

Hatchery technologies for threatened and endangered species

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has commissioned joint studies with countries of the Asia-Pacific region aimed at developing hatchery technologies that will allow aquaculture and restocking of the wild populations of species locally endangered or threatened by overfishing. Species covered through bilateral aid projects have been giant clam, blacklip pearl oysters, and trochus. Support has also been provided to the International Centre for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM) for studies on cultivating the sea cucumber.

For the first time Tridacna pigas, the largest and most threatened giant clam, has been bred from cultured parents. This was achieved in the Philippines, using techniques developed in a joint project, from stock derived originally from the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. The success opens the way for implementing a long-planned program to re-establish breeding populations in a number of strategically located reef sites in the Philippines.

ACIAR funding is also enabling the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, working in close collaboration with local communities, government agencies, ICLARM and the Australian Nature Conservation Agency, to investigate the potential role of marine protected areas in managing commercially important species at the recently declared Amarvon Islands Marine Conservation Area in the Solomon Islands.