Developing an ocean best practice: a case study of marine sampling practices from Australia.
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van Ruth, Paul
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Since 2012, there has been a surge in the numbers of marine science publications that use the term ‘best practice’, yet the term is not often defined, nor is the process behind the best practice development described. Importantly a ‘best practice’ is more than a documented practice that an individual or institution uses and considers good. This article describes a rigorous process to develop an ocean best practice using examples from a case study from Australia in which a suite of nine standard operating procedures were released in 2018 and have since become national best practices. The process to develop a best practice includes three phases 1) scope and recruit, 2) develop and release, 3) revise and ratify. Each phase includes 2-3 steps and associated actions that are supported by the Ocean Best Practices System (www.oceanbestpractices.org). The Australian case study differs from many other practices, which only use the second phase (develop and release). In this article, we emphasiz.....
JournalFrontiers in Marine Science
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.a
CitationPrzeslawski, R., Barrett, N., Carroll, A., Foster, S,. Gibbons, B., Jordan, A., Monk, J., Langlois,T,. Lara-Lopez, A,. Pearlman, J,. Picard, K., Pini-Fitzsimmons, J., van Ruth, P. and Williams, J. (2023) Developing an ocean best practice: a case study of marine sampling practices from Australia. Frontiers in Marine Science, 10:1173075., 6pp. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2023.1173075