Maritime Boundaries

Lines in the sand, lines in the sea

Our coasts – the interface between land and sea – are exposed to the effects of climate change, and also have significance for our thinking about boundaries, livelihoods, governance and culture. Panellists from science, law, the Torres Strait, and Pacific fisheries management share their perspectives on why boundaries are important, and how climate change might have an impact. Geo-marine and legal researchers from the Marine Studies Institute at The University of Sydney discuss why we need to understand better how climate change will impact our coasts, especially in areas often at the forefront of its impacts, such as coral reefs and islands.

What factors might make these areas more susceptible to changing oceans and climates? What are some of the climate change challenges in the Torres Strait, especially for indigenous communities which call low-lying coral islands their home? From a legal perspective, should we be concerned that coastal degradation might shrink a country’s maritime zones? And what can we learn from the experience of Pacific countries about how agreed lines in the sea have contributed to successful marine management in the region (e.g., fisheries)?  Join us for a discussion-style panel exploring different perspectives on these important questions.


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When: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Time: 3-5pm

Venue: Level 5, Room 501, F23 Michael Spence Building

The University of Sydney NSW 2006

In-person attendees: Upon arrival, please go directly to the F23 Concierge desk (ground floor) so they can escort you to Room 501, thank you.

Mode: This is both an in-person and virtual event


Assoc Prof Eleanor Bruce
Marine Studies Institute, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney 


Dr Tommy Fellowes
Marine Studies Institute, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney 
Dr Lara Manarangi-Trott 
Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) 
Frances Anggadi
Marine Studies Institute, Law School, University of Sydney 
Ted Fraser Nai
Masig Island,
Torres Strait

John Rainbird
Project Manager Climate and Coasts, Torres Strait Regional Authority


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Networking opportunities and light finger food will be served following our event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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