Report of the Australia-France/New Caledonia Coral Sea Transboundary Collaboration Workshop

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Held on 25-26 March 2013 Brisbane, Australia

About the workshop

A workshop on Coral Sea Transboundary Collaboration was jointly hosted by the Australian and France-New Caledonian governments in Brisbane, Australia from 25-26 March 2013. It was held pursuant to the Declaration of Intentions between France-New Caledonia and Australia on the Sustainable Management of the Coral Sea.

The workshop was attended by 37 participants from Australian, New Caledonian, and French government agencies, research institutions and universities.

The workshop focused on identifying and describing trans-boundary interests between Australia and New Caledonian waters in the Coral Sea. This included ecological features that cross the boundary, straddling stocks, and migration routes of key species. This work was undertaken to provide a scientific foundation for working towards the establishment of complementary management arrangements in relation to trans-boundary interests.